No. 2
26 April 1864
My Lord Duke,
As mentioned in my despatch No 1 of this date, the people of New Westminster requested that I should remain some days in Vancouver's Island while they made preparations to give me a ceremonious welcome to this Colony. The reception would have lost halfitsManuscript image its formality had I landed from a common trading Steamer amid a crowd of miners so it was proposed that I should make a requisition upon the Senior Naval Officer on this station for the services of a gunboat to convey me to New Westminster. Captain Lord Gilford accordingly placed Her Majesty's Ship "Forward" at my disposal.
I have given Lieutenant Lascelles of this vessel the usualcertificateManuscript image certificate of his having entertained myself, Private Secretary and three servants for two days. I hardly know whether the allowance to Mr Lascelles for this service should be made from Imperial funds, those of the Colony, or from my own pocket. However that may be I would beg that no hesitation be shewn in admitting Mr Lascelles's claims, the subsequent adjustment would present no difficulty.
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I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most
obedient humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
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Mr Elliot
It is intended to require the N.A. Colonies to pay for the Land & Sea journies of their Governors; and, I think that if the Public is to pay in this case it should not be the British but the B.C. public.
ABd 10 June
Mr Fortescue
I think that Public funds ought to pay, but I agree with Mr Blackwood that they should be Colonial and not Imperial funds. Inform Admiralty accordingly?
TFE 10 June
CF 11
EC 14
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, No. 16, 21 June 1864.

,mie [Minute on above:]
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Elliot
Mr Fortescue says "inform Admy."
Will it not be as well to wait until the Admy tell us the amount of claim. We can then ansr that it will be paid, & instruct the Agents at the same time?
Mr Fortescue
I think that this despatch to the Govr is very proper, and that we may also inform the Admy that, having heard that passage over, we have told the Govr that on being apprized by the Admy of the amount of the claim, we will cause it to be settled by the Colonial Agents.
TFE 17 June
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Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 24 June 1864, advising of the passages granted and stating that the cost would be defrayed from colonial accounts once the amount was known.
Seymour, Frederick to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 26 April 1864, CO 60:18, no. 5302, 215. 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.

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