No. 18
21st June 1864
Sir,
I have received your Predecessor's Despatch No. 18 of the 8th of April enclosing a letter, with copies of other documents from Mr. J.B. Gaggin, a Stipendiary Magistrate in British Columbia, complaining of having been suspended from his Office pending an investigation into the state of his accounts, and of his ultimate removal from Douglas to another Station. I do not feelManuscript image satisfied by these papers of the propriety of the course taken towards Mr. Gaggin, but I refrain from expressing any decided opinion until I am in possession of a full report from you on all the circumstances.
I enclose for your information copies of the several documents which have reached me. You will be able to call upon Mr. Nind or Mr. Gaggin for any further explanations which you may find to be necessary for the elucidation of the case.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell
Other documents included in the file
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Memorandum; list of enclosures attached to this despatch.
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Copy, Gaggin to Newcastle, 12 March 1864, appealing his suspension as magistrate at Douglas.
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Copy, Gaggin to Young, 5 December 1863, accepting his suspension for not sending money via "escort as directed." He assures Young that his accounts are balanced and explains his prior actions.
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Copy, Young to Gaggin, 23 November 1863, informing Gaggin that the Treasury has reported his failure to submit his gold duties to the Gold Escort. The Govenor suspends Gaggin from "the further excercise of [his] functions."
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Copy, Gaggin to Young, 6 January 1864, protesting his treatment as a "suspected felon."
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Copy, Good to Gaggin, 27 January 1864, informing Gaggin that the Governor will adjudicate Gaggin's case upon receipt of a report from Nind and that the "onus" is on Gaggin to show that his expenditures were of "due authority, and to the public advantage."
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Copy, Gaggin to Young, 27 February 1864, claiming that he spent public money under the direction of the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
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Copy, Young to Gaggin, 3 March 1864, regretting that the Governor "cannot acquit" Gaggin for his "want of attention" concerning his instructions. However, concerning Gaggin's accounts, "all matters of doubt have been removed." The Governor appoints Gaggin to Lilloet.
Cardwell, Edward to Seymour, Frederick 21 June 1864, NAC RG7:G8C/11, 216. 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/B647418.html.

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