No. 37
25th February 1867
My Lord,
Mr Torrens, clerk of the late House of Assembly of Vancouver Island has applied to me for a recommendation to Your Lordship.
2. I know scarcelyanythingManuscript image anything of Mr Torrens but the facts of the case are, I learn, as follows. Mr Torrens was appointed in December 1863 by Sir James Douglas to be Clerk of the Legislative Assembly to Vancouver Island because, as I am informed, he was aware that the appointment would be agreeable to the House. He lost his office on the Union of the two Colonies when the Assembly was abolished.
3. His claim upon Her Majesty's Government does notappearManuscript image appear to me to be very strong. He was in the Public Service of the Island during three years. His salary during that time was 1700 dollars a year. The Assembly by their own Resolution abolished themselves and their Clerk of Course with them. His conduct in office was I believe entirely satisfactory to the Assembly, and the Members headed by their late Speaker came to speak to me in Mr Torrens' Favor.
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4. Mr Torrens has been paid salary up to 31st December 1866, and has received a free passage to England.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
The Clerk of the late H. Assembly at Victoria has no claim whatever on this Office.
ABd 15 April
TFE 15 April
CBA 16/4
B&C 17/4
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See subsequent: T/4535.