No. 42
1 September 1862
With reference to my despatch No 41 of the 29th Ultimo reporting having granted 6 months leave of absence on Medical Certificate to Captain Gosset the Treasurer of British Columbia, and adverting to your Grace's despatch No 62 of the 20th November1860Manuscript image 1860, directing me to call upon Captain Gosset for an explanation in respect of certain defalcations discovered in the Surveyor Generals Department at Ceylon while under Captain Gosset's charge, I have the honor to acquaint your Grace that on the 29th January 1861 I referred the matter to Captain Gosset in accordance with your Grace's instructions. I have twice since calledtheManuscript image the attention of that Officer to the subject, and I transmit herewith copy of his replies explaining the cause of his delay in forwarding the required report.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Captn Gosset is in this Country on leave of absence from B. Columbia, & the contents of the Duke of Newcastle's despatch of the 17 Sept have not been communicated to him, as he had left the Colony before its receipt.
Would it not be best to call upon Captn Gosset to furnish the explanation which is required, & which he expected in Aug 61 to be able to make "at once," & looking to the inconvenience which is occasioned to Ceylon by keeping the question open, it may be considered necessary even to allow him a certain fixed period within which to show why he should not be held responsible for the defalcation.
Mr Robinson
The best way will be to frame a draft to Capt. Gosset on the terms of our despatch to the Governor. It should not be too strong, instead of "surprise" &c express "regret" &c.
TFE 1 Nov
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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W.D. Gosset to Colonial Secretary, 17 August 1861, advising that he was waiting for information to arrive in support of his case that he should not be held liable for the dishonesty of his clerk.
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Gosset to Colonial Secretary, 24 July 1862, advising he would reply to the inquiry regarding Ceylon from England.
Minutes by CO staff
Capn was dangerously ill.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Colonial Office to Gosset, 7 November 1862, advising that unless he furnished a satisfactory explanation of his part in the matter, he would be held responsible for the amount outstanding.