Hamilton to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
20th May 1864
With reference to your letter of the 16th Ultimo announcing the appointment of Mr C.B. Franks to be Treasurer of British Columbia, I am desired by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit herewith a Copy of a letter that has been addressed by Their Lordships to the European Assurance Society on the subject of the Accounts of that Colony, and I am to request that you will move Mr Secretary Cardwell to communicate the same to the Governor in order that there maybeManuscript image be no misunderstanding on the part of the Officer who has recently been appointed Colonial Secretary as to his duties as Auditor of the Treasurer's Accounts in conformity with the instructions of 1848, copies of which were forwarded in the letters of this Board of 29th December 1858 and 24th November of the same year;
My Lords take this occasion of observing that the Regulations of 1839 for the custody of Public Moneys under which a Maximum Balance to be retained in the hands of the Colonial Treasurer should be paid by the Governor, has not yet beencarried outManuscript image carried out in British Columbia;
They are of opinion that the Governor's attention should be called to the Several Regulations contained in Chapter 9 of the Book of Colonial Regulations relating generally to the custody of Public Monies, and that he should be instructed forthwith to give effect to those Regulations—especially as regards the Survey's of the Funds in the Chest at the regular Quarterly periods, as well as at uncertain periods and without previous notice.
I enclose herewith separate Copies of the Regulations of 1839, and of the Forms.
I am - Sir
Your Obedient Servant
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Ackne rect and say that Mr Cardwell will transmit to the Governor copies of this Letter, with the regulations & forms therein enclosed, and direct the Governor to cause full effect to be given to them.
(And of course so write.)
Add that Mr Cardwell wd be glad to be informed as soon as the question of Mr Frank's securities has been arranged in order that he may announce to the Governor the selection that has been made for the Treasurership.
ABd 21 May
FR 21/5
EC 22
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, Hamilton to Secretary to the European Assurance Society, 19 May 1864, regarding the accounts of British Columbia.
Note on microfilm as follows: "Folios 199r-203v. being too large, will be photographed later."
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Elliot to Hamilton, 27 May 1864, advising that copy of his letter and enclosed regulations and forms would be forwarded to the colony, and enquiring into the status of Franks's securities.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Blackwood
N.B. The draft of a despatch to the Governor seems to be also required?
TFE 25 May
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, No. 10, 10 June 1864.