No. 62, Military
13 October 1863
Colonel Moody having represented that he will require a sum of about Three Thousand Pounds (£3000) for settling the Regimental Pay account of the Detachment of Royal Engineers serving in thisColonyManuscript image Colony, I have the honor to acquaint your Grace that I have authorized the Treasurer to procure that sum in the usual way by Bills on Her Majesty's Paymaster General, and I trust your Grace will give the necessary instructions for the Bills presented on this account to be paid when they become due.
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2. As this sum, added to what has already been drawn this year, exceeds the vote in the Army Estimates for the period, I would state that, in reply to my call for an explanation, I am informed that many of the men who will be discharged in the Colony have large sums in the Savings Bank, and it is to settle up with these, as well as to pay the sums due to others, that the demand ismadeManuscript image made.
3. I enclose herewith a Statement shewing the exact sums drawn under my authority on account of Regimental Pay since 21st January 1860, and the sums paid over to Colonel Moody on that account up to date of his requisition for the money now advised.
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
Send copy to the Treasury with, I presume, the expression of the Duke of Newcastle's opinion that the Bills should, under the circumstances explained by the Govr be accepted and paid?
VJ 3 Nov
Draft—& send also a copy of the despatch to War Office, for their inf., telling them that the Treasury has been recommended to honor the Governor's drafts.
Send copies of the letter and keep the original.
TFE 30/11
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Statement of bills drawn and payments made on regimental pay account since 1860, signed by W.A.G. Young, Acting Auditor General, 9 October 1863.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to War Office, 3 December 1863, forwarding copy of the despatch for information.
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Elliot to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 3 December 1863, forwarding copy of the depatch and recommending that the bills be accepted and paid.