Peel to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
3 July 1862
I am commanded by The Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit Copy of a Report received from The Commissioners of Audit, dated 16th May, having reference to the accounts for British Columbia to 31 December 1859, with Copies of Statements A, B, and C, and to request you will move the Duke of Newcastle to favor their Lordships with his opinion whether, under the circumstances stated by The Commissioners of Audit, the several fragments to which attention is drawn should be allowed.
With regard to the Military Expenditure from September 1858 to June 1859, amounting to Seventeen thousand and forty six pounds, three shillings and two pence (£17,046.3.2), the particulars of which are given in Statement C, and which expenditure was reserved "as Subject to allowance or disallowance hereafter by Her Majesty's Government," it appears to their Lordships that the same forms a portion of the General Military andotherManuscript image other Expenditure which is to be adjusted between the Imperial and Colonial Governments in accordance with the arrangements which formed the subject of Mr Fortescue's letter of 22nd April and the reply of this Board of 16th Ulto.
It is requested that the State of Account may be returned to this Department.
I am
Your obedient Servant
F. Peel
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Under the circes I shd say that the items mentioned in the statement A and B must be allowed: and the Commrs of Audit are, I am disposed to think, of that opinion.
Upon the account C which relates to the Military expre you are now more competent to speak than I am.
ABd 4 July
On A and B I agree with Mr Blackwood. I should tellManuscript image the Treasury that the Duke of Newcastle would recommend that the several payments specified in those schedules should be allowed: and with regard to C, I would suggest to the Treasury that the several payments made to the Royal Engineers should be passed in the accounts, leaving them to be hereafter adjusted in accordance with the arrangement to which Mr Peel adverts for distributing between the Colony and this Country the expenses of the Royal Engineers employed on Public Works.
TFE 4 July
CF 5
N 6
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Elliot to Peel, 11 July 1862, advising that Newcastle recommended those payments in schedules A and B be paid, while those in C should be "passed in the accounts."
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Edward Romilly and R. Vaughan Davis, Audit Office, to Treasury, 16 May 1862, reporting on the disposition of the accounts of British Columbia, as per despatch, and enclosing a statement of particulars.
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Statement as noted above, in three sections marked A, B and C.