No. 62
6th October 1866
My Lord,
In obedience to the instructions contained in Mr Secretary Cardwell's despatch No. 8 of the 20th February, I have the honor to transmit a complete List of Imperial Military Stores in the possession of theColonialManuscript image Colonial Government.
2. All the accoutrements left by Colonel Moody were much worn, the larger portion having belonged to the Royal Engineers employed under Colonel Hawkins on the Boundary Commission.
3. On the first formation of a Volunteer Corps it was found difficult to fit out sixty men from these accountrements, I do not therefore consider it would be fair to call upontheManuscript image the Colony to defray half their original value as proposed by the War Department, especially as it is the intention of the several Volunteer Corps to purchase new accoutrements when the funds of the Corps will justify the outlay.
4. The original Cost of the ammunition was I presume included in the Military Accounts between the Imperial and Colonial Governments and has been already partly paid for by the Colony.
I have the honor to be,
MyManuscript image My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Send to the War Office with reference to previous correspondence.
VJ 22 Dec
FR 24/12
CBA 25/12
C 27 Dec
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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J.W. Trutch, Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, to Acting Colonial Secretary, 5 July 1866, forwarding letter and return of military stores as per request.
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A. Howse to Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, 25 June 1866, providing information on the disposition of the arms and accoutrements left by the Royal Engineers.
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List of stores received from the Royal Engineers, signed by C.J. Prichard, 2 December 1863.
Other documents included in the file
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Colonial Office to Under-Secretary of State, War Office, 2 January 1867, forwarding copy of the despatch and list of stores with reference to their previous correspondence.