No. 55
29th September 1864
I see that the Duke of Newcastle's despatch No. 41 of the 31st of July 1860, directs an Annual Report of the working of the Assay Office in this Colony to be furnished in order that it may be ascertained whether it be desirable to keep up the Establishment or not.
2. I shall of course obey His Grace's instructions at the end oftheManuscript image the year, but I may mention that now, with its reduced staff, the Assay Office is working most satisfactorily. It commands more confidence than the similar establishments opened by the Banks in Victoria, and is a source of Revenue to this Colony.
3. I enclose a copy of the Return last furnished me of the current expenses and receipts of the Department, the weight and value of the Gold dust assayed.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Copy to the Treasury for information?
VJ 30 Nov
TFE 1/12
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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"Return showing the ordinary Current expenses of the Assay, Melting and Coining Department of British Columbia; the weight, and value of the gold dust assayed; and the receipts during September 1864."
Other documents included in the file
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Rogers to F. Peel, Treasury, 9 December 1864, forwarding copy of the despatch and return for information.