Hamilton to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
16 January 1860
Sir,
The Lords Commissoners of Her Majesty's Treasury having had under Their consideration Mr Elliot's Letter of the 5th Instant, enclosing a copy of a Despatch from the Governor of British Columbia forwarding a suggestion by the Treasurer of that Colony, that the Governor should receive a Travelling Allowance, at the rate of £5 a day, during the periods for which he may be absent on Official Duty, from the Seat of Government Manuscript image Government, I am directed by their Lordships to acquaint you, for the information of the Duke of Newcastle, that, in the opinion of this Board, it will be better to postpone fixing a rate of allowance for Travelling, until some experience shall have been obtained of the Cost of Travelling in British Columbia; and that the system of furnishing accounts of actual Disbursements made by the Governor, should be persevered in, until sufficient data exist for establishing a daily rate.
The instance of Ceylon, quoted as a parallel case, can hardly be so considered, having reference to the amount of pomp and display inevitable in such a Country.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Answer the Govrs Desp: in the terms of this letter?
VJ 17 Jan
Annex dt.
HM Jan 17
Hamilton, George Alexander to Merivale, Herman 16 January 1860, CO 60:9, no. 526, 164. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B605TE03.html.

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