No. 26
7th April 1866
I have the honor to forward copy of a letter addressed to me by Mr Crease, Acting on behalf of the Colonial Securities Company, in which he applies for permission to be granted to Mr R. Ker, the Auditor General of this Colony to become one of the Local BoardofManuscript image of Directors of the Company.
2. The option remained to me to allow a Public Officer to become one of the Directors or to prevent the Company from extending its operations to this Colony.
3. The advantages to the Colony from the introduction of Capital are so great that I have allowed Mr Ker to act as a Director until I have referred the matter for Your consideration. I beg to recommend that Mr Ker be permitted to continueinManuscript image in the direction for the period named in my reply to Mr Crease.
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
Approve? See Circular 17 Decr/64, Sec. 4.
I should say disapprove, it appears to me as indefensible as possible. The Officer is an Auditor & the Company is a Loan Company.
(Consult Mr Seymour?)
FR 15/6
WEF 16/6
EC 18
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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H.P.P. Crease to Officer Administering the Government, 6 April 1866, requesting that Ker be made an officer of the company as per despatch.
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Birch to Crease, 7 April 1866, reluctantly allowing Ker to assume the office temporarily for six months, with explanation.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Seymour, 22 June 1866, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosure for comment.