Hamilton to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
9 April 1862
In reply to your letter of the 22 Ult. enclosing a Life Certificate of Colonel Moody, Commissioner of Lands etc in British Columbia, signed by G.E. Cook, JP for Westminster, and requesting that directions may be given for the payment of Col Moody's Salary for the Quarter to 31 December last, I am directed by the LordsCommissionersManuscript image Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to return herewith the Certificate in question, and to acquaint you for the information of the Duke of Newcastle that My Lords will require, as on previous occasions, a Certificate signed by some Officer or Magistrate residing in British Columbia, that Colonel Moody was in existence and in the performance of his duties as Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for the period of which the Salary is applied for.TheManuscript image The enclosed Certificate is one of the Forms furnished by the Pay Office to Persons on the Superannuation List resident in the Country to enable them to receive their Pensions.
I am, Sir
Your obedient Servant
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Request Govr Douglas to inform Col: Moody accy; & to furnish that Officer with this form of certificate.
ABd 10 Apl
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Mr Elliot
That Messrs Cox & Co are aware that the certificate of Colonel Moodys existence should come from the Colony may be inferred from their letter 2079 which is annexed. The covering letter in which they applied for his salary for last June quarter—8020—is similar to that in which they have now applied for his salary for Decr quarter—2738—but as in the former case the Treasury did not object, I suppose the certificate itself was correct.
In case you should think it sufficient, I annex a despatchManuscript image from Mr Douglas dated 13th Dec enclosing copy of a letter from Colonel Moody dated 18 August which might almost warrant a certificate from this Office to the required effect.
Mr Ebden
Put on our latest duty from B. Columbia, with no report of illness or disease of Col. M?
TFE 16/4
N.B. Prepare a certificate.
TFE 16/4
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Elliot to Hamilton, 22 April 1862, forwarding certificate showing date up to which Moody was chief commissioner of works in British Columbia and asking that the necessary salary be authorized.
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Elliot to Cox & Co., 28 April 1862, advising that the certificate should have been signed by an officer or magistrate in the colony, not a justice of the peace, but to save further reference, a certificate had been prepared in the Colonial Office and forwarded to Treasury.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 116, 21 April 1862, informing Douglas that certification that Moody is alive and performing his duties must come from an Officer or Magistrate, not a justice of the peace.
Hamilton, George Alexander to Rogers, Frederic 9 April 1862, CO 60:14, no. 3469, 230. 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/B625TE12.html.

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