No. 21
12th August 1864
Sir,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No. 1 of the 12th of April last, in which you authorize Mr Seymour to offer the Appointment of Colonial Secretary of Honduras to Captain Holmes, R.A. in the event of that Appointment becoming vacant by Mr Berkeley's acceptance of the Lieutenant Government of St. Vincent.
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2. In the absence of the Governor I immediately on the receipt of this despatch communicated with Captain Holmes who, as you are already aware from Mr Seymour's despatch No. 6 of the 16th of May last, has been employed with the Surveyor General in marking out the great line of road about to be constructed from Quesnel Mouth, (the present terminus of the waggon road) to the Cariboo Mines.
3. As the Governor's return to New Westminister is uncertain, I have thought it better to forward Captain Holmes' acceptance of theappointmentManuscript image appointment without any further delay.
I have the honor to be
Sir
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Colonial Secretary
(in the absence of
the Governor)
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Sir F. Rogers
See confl despatch from Gov Austin. The mode of dealing with this will depend on the terms in which that despatch was sent to Gov Seymour?
HTI 14 Oct
I did not see the private Letter to Govr Seymour as far as I can recollect nor do I know by whom it was signed or written. I suppose, from Mr Irving's minute that it is not on record. I suppose nothing remains but to await the result of it.
CF 15 Oct
FR 15/10
EC 16
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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G.W. Holmes to Birch, 17 July 1864, conveying his acceptance of the appointment of Colonial Secretary of Honduras, and advising of his intention to proceed there as soon as possible.
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Cardwell, Edward 12 August 1864, CO 60:19, no. 9448, 37. 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/B64221.html.

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