No. 24
1 May 1866
Sir,
With reference to your despatch No. 128 of the 20th of December last, and to my answer No. 12 of the 12th of March, relative to the Claim of Messrs Clarke and Skinner for compensation on account of the premature termination of their contract for the supply of the Troops in British Columbia, I have the honor to transmit to you, forManuscript image your information, a copy of a letter which has now been received on the subject from the War Office, together with the copy of a letter from Governor Seymour to whom I communicated the papers.
I request that you will take steps for ascertaining the particulars suggested in the letter from General Moody which forms an enclosure of the letter from the War Office, and for assessing the amount of the claim of the Messrs Clarke and Skinner upon that basis. I suspend until receiving your report, the decision on the claim, as well as the question of the source from which any indemnity that may beconsideredManuscript image considered fairly payable to the Messrs Clarke and Skinner ought to be derived.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell
The Officer Administering the Government
Other documents included in the file
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Copy, Lugard to Elliot, 25 April 1866, regarding Clarke and Skinner's claim for supplying the Royal Engineers with beef and vegetables.
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Copy, Moody to the Under Secretary of State for War, 29 March 1866, stating that Clarke and Skinner "have themselces to blame" for the delay in compensation for supplying the Royal Engineers.
Cardwell, Edward to Birch, Arthur Nonus 1 May 1866, NAC RG7:G8C/13, 182. 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/B667024.html.

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