No. 19
10th June 1864
My Lord Duke,
In obedience to the Instructions conveyed in Your Grace's despatch to Sir J. Douglas, No. 60, of the 27th of November 1863, I have the honor to forward all the information I can collect respecting the death of Donald Monro.
The intelligence contained in the "Times" of the 24th of October 1863, appears to be substantially true. There is every reason to suppose that Munro,atManuscript image at the time of his death was not possessed of any property.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your graces most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Colonial Secretary
In the absence of
Governor Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Send copies of these papers to Mr Munro, & add that if any further information be recd from the Colony in consequence of the 2d reference to the Govr it shall be communicated to him.
ABd 23 Augt
I think we may abstain from the last. Our second despatch is merely a reminder, & this report evidently tells all they can know. Draft to Mr M., sending copies of the papers for his infn.
TFE 23/8
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, W.G. Cox, Gold Commissioner, to Colonial Secretary, 9 April 1864, reporting his interview of Joseph Cahill, member of the party who found the body, and quoting that gentleman's statement regarding the discovery.
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Copy, Statement of Robert H. Smith, 9 April 1864, recounting his friendship with Munro, dating from 1853.
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Copy, Colonial Secretary to Cox, 26 April 1864, asking whether any property had been left by the deceased.
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Copy, Cox to Colonial Secretary, 14 May 1864, advising that it did not appear, upon enquiry, that Munro had possessed any property.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Donald Munro, 27 August 1864, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosures relative to the death of his son.