No. 81
7 June 1861
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No. 12 of the 7th of February, transmitting the detailed Estimates of the Revenue and Expenditure of British Columbia for the year 1861, and explaining the grounds on which provision has been made in them for certain increased rates of salary toManuscript image the principal Civil Officers of the Colony.
I have to convey to you my approval of these Estimates and also of the general arrangements submitted by you in connection with the salaries of the Civil Service of the Colony.
There is, however, one item to which my attention has been directed and which I am unable to sanction, viz the allowance of two hundred pounds per annum to the acting auditor: the salary allotted by my Predecessor to the Colonial Secretary for the discharge of the combined dutiesofManuscript image of his Office and that of Auditor was five hundred pounds. These duties he ought now to perform for the Colonial Secretary's increased salary of eight hundred pounds, and Her Majesty's Government cannot approve of assigning to him over and above the increase of his salary, an acting allowance of two hundred pounds per annum as Auditor.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble servant,
Newcastle
Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 7 June 1861, LAC RG7:G8C/9, 481. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B617081.html.

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