Aiken to Newcastle
28th September 1861 To His Grace the Duke of Newcastle Secty of State for the Colonies

My Lord
A man named Seney who has been a resident for some Years past in British America has been killed by the fall off a Tree on Frazers River it appears he has realized a Considerable Quantity of money and goods. I understand his effects are in the hands of the representatives of the British Government of British Columbia. His friends are living in Ireland and are anxious to know what course they will take to obtain it. Consequently I have taken the liberty of craving your kind information.
I am Your Honorable and Most Obedient Servant
James Aiken
Steam Ship Co
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
It is dangerous for this Office to advise the employment of any Agent in a Colony. I think the writer had better address himself to the Col: Secy of B. Columbia, furnishing all the particulars he can, & requesting that Officers assistance. The Col. Secy will probably then tell the Writer what course should be pursued: & also what property has been left by the deceased.
ABd 30 Sep
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I think so.
FR 1/10
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Draft, Rogers to Aiken, 4 October 1861, stating that he should contact the Colonial Secretary of British Columbia for further information concerning the deceased.