No. 127
19th December 1865
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your despatch marked "Separate," of the 19th August last, calling my attention to the circumstance that the sum of seven pounds eight shillings and four pence is still due from Mr BegbieforManuscript image for the charges on his Commission as Judge of the Vice Admiralty Court of British Columbia.
2. On Mr Begbie's return from Circuit, I requested him to furnish me with a report on the subject of your despatch. I have the honor to transmit a copy of his reply.
3. Since the probability of any increase to the work of the Vice Admiralty Court is very remote, I would beg to suggestforManuscript image for your consideration, whether instructions may not be given to relieve Mr Begbie from the payment of the amount claimed.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Under the circumstances here stated suggest to the Treasury that the charge should be remitted?
[GG] 6 March
FR 6/3
WEF 7/3
EC 8
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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M.B. Begbie to Acting Colonial Secretary, 29 November 1865, explaining in detail his position with regard to the commission to the vice admiralty court.
Other documents included in the file
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Rogers to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 17 March 1866, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosure and supporting Begbie's request that the charge on his appointment be remitted.