Scott to Secretary of State for the Colonies
12th June 1862 To Secretary of the Colonial Dept

Alice Duffy recd information from the "War Office" the 13th August 1861, that her Son "James Duffy" of the "Royal Engineers" was frozen to death in British Columbia on the 9th January in same year," his effects at the time of his death consisted of over £58 and some landed property. She took out letters of administration and recd the above amt.
She is now anxious to know what is the nature of the landed property which belonged to her Son at the time of his death. Viz the acreage—the part of B. Columbia in which it is situated and how she is to get possession of it and such information as you may consider useful to Widow Alice Duffy.
I remain Sir
Your obt St
Alexr Scott

Colonial Office
Downing Street
London SW
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Request the Governor to procure & supply what information he can on this point, & acquaint the applicant accy.
It is not clear whether the deceased belonged to Colonel Hawkins' party or to Coll Moody's.
ABd 14 June
TFE 15/6
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 132, 17 June 1862, asking him to investigate and report back to Newcastle.
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Fortescue to Scott, 21 June 1862, advising that the matter had been referred to the governor for report.