Holmes to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
34 Eastbourne Terrace
Hyde Park
August 9th 1865
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 28th Ultimo informing me that Mr Cardwell has been pleased to appoint me to the office of Registrar of the Supreme Court in British Columbia.
I should ere this have tendered my thanksandManuscript image and accepted the same were it not for the peculiarly painful and critical position in which I have found myself. I have been endeavouring to get placed on the Seconded List of the Royal Artillery in order to retain my position in the Army whilst holding the office of Registrar. In this unfortunately I have been unsuccessful and have no alternative but to resign my CommissionasManuscript image as a Captain in the Royal Artillery or decline the appointment Mr Cardwell has been pleased to offer me.
After long and anxious deliberation I have determined to give up what has hitherto been my profession and embrace entirely the Colonial Service in the hope that doing my duty in my new career, I may not regret the step I have takenbutManuscript image but may look forward to rising and rapidly regaining lost ground.
With regard to the last paragraph of your letter I shall be happy to Sign the necessary agreement with the Crown Agents when required.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant
G.W. Holmes

T. Frederick Elliot Esqre
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
In this letter Capt. Holmes accepts the appointment of Registrar of the Supreme Court. As Govr Seymour is referred to in the letter written to Capt. H. on the 28 July (draft attached to 7214) it may be as well, in notifying the appointment to him, to send Mr Seymour copies of the correspondence?
Instruct the Agents to issue to Capt. Holmes £150 for passage allowance upon his signing the usual undertaking?
VJ 10 Augt
FR 10/8
EC 11
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Crown Agents, 16 August 1865, advising of the appointment and authorizing them to issue £150 passage allowance to Holmes.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, Separate, 18 August 1865.