Romaine to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
18 March 1861
The expenses specified on the other side hereof
The sum of £1270.10.1 for the freight of Stores to Vancouvers Island per Thames City between 21st August 1858 and 9th Novr 1860.
having been incurred by the Naval Department on account of the Colonial Office for the services stated, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, to request that you will move His Grace the Duke of Newcastle to cause repayment of the sum in question to be made to the credit of Naval Services, through Her Majesty's Paymaster-General, who has been authorized to receive the same.
I am etc.
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
This payment will have to be made out of the Vote taken for defraying the expences in freighting, the stores for B. Columbia. I shd not imagine that the amount of the Vote has been absorbed.
ABd 21/3
Find out from Mr Buckland himself before we write.
TFE 22/3
Mr Elliot
I find from Mr Buckland thatManuscript image there are no funds in the hands of the Paymaster belonging to British Columbia. The Treasury are about to recover a sum of £4000 from the War Office on account of the Regimental pay of the Engineers, and it may perhaps be as well therefore to keep this claim back for a week or two to give them time to do this. I annex a memo which, I believe shews the present position of the accounts between the Colony & the Treasury.
HT Irving 26 March
Mr Fortescue
I am afraid that we must forward the claim to the Ty and request payment.
TFE 26 March
CF 27
N 30
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March 1861
B. Columbia Account

Total amount paid by the Treasury
to 31 March 1860 £69.664.10.4
to 31 March 1861 (estimated) 35.474
Deduct Parly Votes
to 31 Mch 1860 £42.998
" 31 " 1861 30.000 72.998
Balance due to the
Treasury Chest £32,140

Of this £18.718, about £6000 are due by the War Department on account of San Juan and there are also 2 1/2 years Regt Pay of the R. Engineers recoverable from that Department—amounting probably to £12000 or £13,000.
Our Item of £2000, beyond the sum required for the current services of the year, has been inserted in the Estimate for 1861-62.
HT Irving 26 March
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Elliot to Hamilton, Treasury, 16 April 1861, requesting payment of £1270.10.1 to naval services for the freight of stores sent to British Columbia.
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Draft, Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 3 August 1861, advising that the paymaster general has been authorized to pay the amount.