No. 64, Military
25 October 1861
Requisition having been made upon me for money on Military Account, I have the honor to acquaint your Grace that I have authorized the Treasurer to procure the sum of Three Thousand Pounds (£3000) by drafts upon Her Majesty's Paymaster General, and I trustYourManuscript image Your Grace will take the necessary steps to cause the same to be accepted on presentation.
2. I am not quite clear as to the state of the account existing between this Colony and the Imperial Government, inasmuch as I am not aware whether the money sent out by the "Tartar" is considered in the Estimate for 1861-1862, or whether it is accounted for in the previous years Estimates; but whichevermayManuscript image may be the case, I earnestly trust your Grace will not object if our account be somewhat overdrawn, as the present critical state of the country which I have fully represented in other despatches, compels me to attend to the pressing calls for increased expenditure which arise on every side.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Graces most obedient
humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I understand from the Treasury that we shall shortly learn from the Audit Office how the accounts stand between the Colony & the Treasury & War Office. In the meantime, there is no alternative, I suppose but to ask the Treasury to pay these Bills?
HT Irving 9 Decr
TFE 10/12
I presume this is for Military, not Civil Services.
CF 11
N 12
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Draft, Elliot to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 18 December 1861, forwarding copy of the despatch for consideration.