No. 56, Financial
16 September 1861
With reference to your Grace's Despatch, Vancouver's Island No 59, of the 12th June, I have the honor to forward herewith an Account of the Bills drawn by me upon Her Majesty's Paymaster General to defray the expenses of the Royal Engineers & Royal MarinesservingManuscript image serving in British Columbia, for the year 1859, and an Account of Bills, in like manner drawn to defray the Expenses of the Royal Engineers during the year 1860, accompanied in each case by an abstract of the Expenditure under the different heads of Service, the entire details of which together with the requisite Vouchers, were forwarded with the general Accounts of the Colony to the Commissioners of Audit on the 15th of July last. I also transmit a Statement of the Bills drawn on the Paymaster General, and of the sums advanced to ColonelMoodyManuscript image Moody, on account of the Regimental Pay of the Royal Engineers.
2. I will take care in future whenever Bills are drawn upon Her Majesty's Paymaster General that the Service upon Account of which such Bills are drawn be distinctly marked upon the Bill.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Governor Douglas was allowed £11,000 in 1860 for Colonial pay for the R. Engineers, but according to the enclosed account for that year he wd seem to have spent £20968 on the Detachment.
ABd 2 Novr
TFE 2 Novr
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Note in file: "Folios 15 r.—17 v. being too large, will be photographed later."