No. 140
16 September 1862
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your despatches Nos. 25 and 26 of the 13th of May adverting to several of the most important questions of finance and Account in British Columbia.
I enclose for your information and guidanceManuscript image a copy of a correspondence on those despatches between this Department and the Board of Treasury.
I must however more directly call your attention to the comparison at the close of your despatch No. 26 between the sums voted by Parliament and the actual expenditure of Imperial Money.
According to that review there existed on the 31st of March 1862 no greater balance againstManuscript image the Colony than £6128; but you appear to have neglected the information which was conveyed to you at the time, that of the amount voted in 1859-60 upwards of £27,000 was intended to meet expenses which occurred in this Country. After deducting therefore the sum of £12,000 which only you have set down as so expended, the correction of this wrong statement alone would increase the balance against the Colony by £15000.
I must also caution you against the error into whichManuscript image you have fallen, in the 5th paragraph of the same despatch, in representing as an actual balance in favour of the Colony a sum which was in fact merely the undrawn for portion of the Votes, and was at any moment liable to demands for past services.
The details in your despatch No. 25 of the appropriation of £7500 for works and buildings are sufficient; but you ought to have afforded, and I must request that youManuscript image will in future afford, corresponding details of the appropriation for Roads, specifying the proposed Roads and the amounts severally allotted for their construction.
The state of account between British Columbia and this Country has been so fully exhibited in my dispatch No. 123 of the 13th of May and in other despatches that I need add no more on that subject.
I have the honor to be
Sir
Your obedient Servant
Newcastle
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, Elliot to Peel, 21 July 1862, on the "finances of British Columbia."
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Copy, Peel to Rogers, 26 August 1862, to stress the Treasury's concerns about British Columbia's finances.
Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 16 September 1862, NAC RG7:G8C/10, 221. 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/B627140.html.

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