No. 128
28th December 1865
Sir,
With reference to Governor Seymour's despatch No. 50 of 24th September 1864, to which no answer has been received, I have the honor to transmit, for the consideration of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for War, copy of furthercorrespondenceManuscript image correspondence which has been addressed to me on the subject of Messrs Clarke & Skinner's claim for compensation.
I have the honor to be,
Sir
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
War Office with ref. to C.O. Letter of the 3 Decr/64.
ABd 6 March
Draft.
TFE 6 March
And write to Acting Govr, telling him that the former Despatch was referred to the War dept, and that this further Manuscript imagerepresentation has been transmitted to them, with a request to be favored with the opinion of the S. of State for War. Draft.
TFE 6 March
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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H.P.P. Crease, Attorney General, to Colonial Secretary, 8 December 1865, forwarding a petition from Clark and Skinner for compensation of the losses incurred by the "sudden cessation" of a contract for supplies to the Royal Engineers stationed in the colony.
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Petition, Thomas James Skinner and George David Clark, to Secretary of State for War, 8 December 1865, explaining the circumstances of their case and claiming compensation.
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Public notice calling for tenders for commissariat supplies, handwritten copy of original printed in Government Gazette, 7 March 1863.
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Copy of Agreement between R.C. Moody and Skinner and Clarke for supplies of meat and vegetables for the Royal Engineers.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Under-Secretary of State, War Office, 12 March 1866, forwarding copy of the despatch and requesting that their opinion on the subject be conveyed to the colonial office.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Acting Governor Birch, No. 12, 12 March 1866.
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Cardwell, Edward 28 December 1865, CO 60:22, no. 2176, 499. 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/B65128.html.

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