No. 12
12 March 1866
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 128 of the 20th December last, respecting the claim advanced by Messrs Clarke and Skinner for compensation on account of their alleged losses in consequence of the sudden withdrawal of the Royal Engineers from British Columbia.
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I referred to the Secretary of State for War, Governor Seymour's Despatch No. 50 of the 24th September 1864 on this subject, and I have now transmitted to the War Department your present Despatch, with a request to be favored with Lord Hartington's opinion upon the application.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell
The Officer Administering the Government
Cardwell, Edward to Birch, Arthur Nonus 12 March 1866, NAC RG7:G8C/13, 80. 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.

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