No. 16
21st June 1864
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 2 of the 26th of April reporting the circumstances under which passages from Vancouver Island to New Westminster were afforded to yourself, your private Secretary, and two Servants in Her Majesty's Ship "Forward."
I consider that the expenseofManuscript image of these passages should be defrayed from the public funds of British Columbia, and upon being apprized by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty of the Amount of the Claim preferred by Lieutenant Lascelles, I shall authorize the Crown Agents to pay it from any sum in their hands belonging to the Colony.
It will of course devolve upon you to keep the Agents in funds to meet this or any other incidental charges of a similar nature.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell