Seymour to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
19 May 1866

I have the honor to forward, for your consideration, a letter adressed to me by Mr H. Commeline, Postmaster in Cariboo, British Columbia, soliciting an extension of the term of leave of absence granted to him by the Officer Administering the Government.
As at present informed I can see no objectiontoManuscript image to an addition of three months leave being granted to Mr Commeline.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
See 4651.
Mr Commeline has just come home on leave of absence for 6 months to see a dying sister. It is proposed to confirm this Leave.
In his Letter he asks for an extension of six months—before he knows if his first leave has been confirmed—on acct of a Law suit which is to come off on or after August.
Considering the distance & the expense incident upon a journey to & from B.C. I conclude that this extension, though somewhat irregulary applied for, will be granted.
ABd 23 May
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Grant him the leave: he has served 5 3/4 years and is entitled to 1/6th of that period, & 14 Months over. Tell the Govr of the additional leave.
TFE 23/5
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Commeline to Seymour, 18 May 1866, asking for an extension on his leave of absence, with explanation.
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H.M. Ball, Colonial Secretary's Office, to Commeline, 2 March 1866, granting original leave of absence.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Commeline, 31 May 1866, granting a six month extension to his leave of absence.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Acting Governor Birch, No. 30, 30 May 1866.