Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
8 June 1863
With reference to your letter of the 11th of December 1862
This is an error of the Admiralty's. The letter dated 11th of Decr was written by the Col: Sectary to Capt Richards.
signifying the concurrence of the Secretary of State to the proposition that the Colonial Government of British Columbia should contribute the sum of £500 per annum in aid of the cost of the survey of the coast of the Colony; I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to request you will move the Duke of Newcastle to cause the amount in question (which My Lords are informed has been agreed to by the Colonial Government) to be now paid over to the Naval Department in aid of the first year's cost of the Survey,andManuscript image and to cause a similar amount to be paid over annually until the completion of the Service.
I am Sir
Your very humble Servant
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
In a desph dated the 7 of last March No 14—which is still in circulation—the Governor reports having placed this sum of £500 for a survey on the Coast of B.C. on the Estimates for this year. Those Estimates have not yet recd the Duke of Newcastle's approval, nor have they been sent to the Treasury.
If the amount be sanctioned the Govr shd be instructed to act in compliance withManuscript image this request.
ABd 10 June
The despatch returned from circulation afterwards, and the estimates were agreed to, so far as we are concerned. I annex a draft to Admiralty, asking a preliminary question.
TFE 6 Augt
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Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 7 August 1863, advising that the £500 had been provided in the estimates, and asking them to suggest a "person or Authority" who could be named to receive the payment in the colony itself.