No. 61
29th September 1866
My Lord,
On the receipt of Mr Secretary Cardwell's despatch No. 41 of 13th July 1865, I forwarded a copy of Mr J. Cooper's explanation of his conduct as Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Columbian Hospital totheManuscript image the Board of Management of that Institution for their information and report. After a careful enquiry the President reported, in a correspondence which I herewith enclose, that the Board were not satisfied with the explanation offered by Mr Cooper.
2. No official intimation was conveyed to me that Mr Cooper's leave had been extended beyond July 1865. From Mr Cooper's friends I learnt that he had resigned the Public ServiceandManuscript image and would return to the Colony at the close of 1865, in some private capacity.
Under these circumstances I considered it needless to trouble the Secretary of State further on the subject, until, after an examination of the Documents in the possession of Mr Cooper I was enabled to report on the justice of the accusation brought against him by the Board of Management.
3. It is impossible to arriveatManuscript image at any satisfactory result in this matter until Mr Cooper produces the Documents which he acknowledges to be locked up in certain packing cases. I cannot therefore recommend that Mr Cooper be allowed to receive Salary due to him while these accounts remain unsettled.
4. I am not aware what position Mr Cooper now holds. No communication excepting the one now under reference has been received from him since hisdepartureManuscript image departure from the Colony. I have considered his appointment vacant since the 1st of January last, and reduced the Office which he formerly held.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
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Mr Elliot
Mr Birch states (Par 2) that no official intimation was given him of Mr Coopers extended leave from June 1865, but it will be seen that he was duly informed of it by Desp of 11 May/65. See 4386. It appears from this Desp. & the enclosures that the matter of the Hospital Accounts cannot be cleared up till Mr Cooper returns to the Colony & produces the Vouchers. A brief statement of the case will be found appended to 5886. Mr Cooper has received further leave without Salary till the 26 Inst. See 10600.
VJ 10 Nov
It is true that, as recorded by Mr Jadis, the Actg Governor was informed that Mr Cooper's leave had been extended—but only to 31 December 1865, & it is from thatManuscript image date that Mr Birch says that he considered the Office as vacant. Practically therefore he is right. Everything connected with Mr Cooper shows him to be a shuffling and untrustworthy character. His conduct about some unsettled accounts which he left behind him has been very unsatisfactory. The abolition which has taken place of his Office is a good thing, and he can have no ground of complaint. I submit a draft which furnishes a narrative of the facts about his leave of absence.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Birch to President of Board of Management, Royal Columbian Hospital, 20 September 1865, forwarding copy of Cooper's reply to the charges of misconduct for the Board's information and report.
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Charles Good, President, to Birch, 17 October 1865, stating that the Board was not satisfied with Cooper's explanation.
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H.M. Ball, Colonial Secretary, to James Cooper, 3 November 1866, advising that in John Cooper's response to the charges against him, he reported turning over certain documents to the then President of the Board, and requesting his response to the statement.
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Copy, Evidence of John Robson, late Vice President, taken at a meeting of the Board of Management, informing that prior to his departure Cooper was several times asked to produce papers connected with the accounts but refused to do so.
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Thomas McMicking, Auditor, to Board of Management, 29 September 1865, advising that he had asked Cooper for the papers and accounts but that he refused to hand them over to anyone but the President of the Board.
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Copy, Memorandum, W.E. Cormack, Finance Committee of the late Board, to the present Board of Management, 25 September 1865, advising that the finance committee could not prepare satisfactory statements as Cooper refused to supply the necessary documents.
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James Cooper to Good, 29 September 1865, recommending that the matter be allowed to stand over pending Cooper's return to the colony.
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James Cooper to Colonial Secretary, 4 November 1865, describing what information Cooper turned over prior to his departure from the colony and enclosing extract of a private letter received from Cooper in England.
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Extract, John Cooper to James Cooper, 25 April 1865, clarifying the confusion over the subscription list.

[Forwarded at a later date:]
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D.C. Maunsell, Private Secretary, to Jadis, 6 October 1866, private letter forwarding amendments and memorandum to the enclosures sent with the original despatch.
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Charles Good to Maunsell, 6 October 1866, forwarding financial information relative to the investigation into James Cooper's conduct.
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"Memorandum of Correction to Enclosure in Despatch," providing certain figures missed in the original, signed by Maunsell.
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Draft reply, Carnarvon to Seymour, No. 4, 5 January 1867.
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Mr Jadis
Mr Cooper has been very shuffling in his proceedings. This draft recapitulates the facts about his leave, which will be found, I think, to sustain this conclusion. In a different question about Accounts, his conduct has been very ambiguous: & he is plainly a good riddance.
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Elliot to John Cooper, 9 January 1867, advising that during his absence from the colony, "the place you held has been reduced. Your official connection with the Colony is therefore at an end."
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Carnarvon, Earl 29 September 1866, CO 60:25, no. 10628, 87. 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/B66061.html.

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