No. 67
21st November 1864
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No. 35 of 7th September, transmitting Statement from the War Department relative to the advances made from the Colonial Treasury to Colonel Moody on account of the Pay and Subsistence of the Detachment of the Royal Engineers recently employed in this Colony.
2. I regret much that Earl de Grey'sletterManuscript image letter of the 29th January last, addressed to the Governor of British Columbia, should have remained unanswered. It must have been received by my Predecessor previous to my arrival, and has never been brought under my notice.
3. As regards the differences between the claims and credits as shown in the account enclosed in Your despatch, I would observe, that the statement in question does not include the disbursements of Colonel Moody subsequent to March 1863, nor are the entire charges made to that Officer charged against him on the other side of the Account.
4. The enclosed statement preparedManuscript image in the Audit Office of this Colony exhibits, I believe, the true position of the Regimental Pay Account, down to the time when the Detachment departed for England. A balance of two thousand nine hundred and sixty seven pounds 10s/6d (£2,967.10.6) is there shown to be due to the Colony. Perhaps you would be good enough to direct that amount to be paid to the Agents General of Crown Colonies to the Credit of British Columbia.
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 War Office with ref. to their Letter of 27 last August.
ABd 13 Feb
TFE 14 Feb
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Return of regimental pay account of the Royal Engineers serving in British Columbia, signed by Robert Ker, Acting Auditor General, 11 November 1864.
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"Statement of sums advanced to Colonel Moody RE on account of the Detachment of Royal Engineers serving in British Columbia on Regimental Pay Account, to be accounted for by him to the War Office," signed by Ker, 11 November 1864.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Secretary of State for War, 21 February 1865, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosures for consideration.