Arbuthnot to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
31 March 1860
With reference to your Letters of the 10th Septr last, and 22nd Instant, relative to a Claim preferred by the Admiralty for the repayment of £3.643.2.8 on account of the passage to British Columbia in the Ship "Thames City," of a Party of Royal Engineers, and of a Chaplain and his Wife, and the Collector of Customs; I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, to acquaint you, for the information of the Duke of Newcastle, that pending the consideration Manuscript image consideration of this question, They have suspended the transfer to the credit of Naval Services, of the amount of the Claim.
They presume that His Grace will Communicate His opinion in regard to this charge, in which Their Lordships concur, to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, with a view to the withdrawal of the portion of the Claim relating to the Conveyance of Troops.
On being informed of the amount due to Naval Services in respect of the Passages of the Chaplain and his wife (provided that he is not a Military Chaplain) and of the Collector of Customs, Their Lordships will direct the transfer thereof to the Credit of Naval Services, from the Grant for British Columbia.
I am etc.
G. Arbuthnot
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I think the best way of letting the Admiralty know the opinion of the S. of State and of the Treasury on this matter will be to send the Admy a copy of this correspondence, and request that Dt to state the charge incurred for the Chaplain (who was not a Military man), his wife and the Collector of Customs.
ABd 2/Apl
I submit a draft.
TFE 7/4
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Draft, Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 13 April 1860, forwarding copy of correspondence with Treasury and requesting information on the cost of the three passages, as per despatch.