No. 70
24 thApril 1867
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive Your Lordship's despatch No. 6 of 20th January 1867 forwarding a letter from Mr John Cooper in reply to the notification Your Lordship caused to bemadeManuscript image made to him that his Official connection with British Columbia was at an end. Mr Cooper requests that a reference on the subject may be made to me.
2. I think highly of Mr Cooper's practical abilities; but any representations I made at home in his favour were to a great extent unofficial as I consider that I have no authority over a Public Officer of this Colony when on leave of absence myself. Mr Birch, who was in full possession of the Administrative AuthoritydeclaredManuscript image declared Mr Cooper's connection with the Colony at an end on account of his absence without leave. I formerly imperfectly understood the case from Mr Cooper's statement but I now see no reason for advising the reversal of the decision at which Your Lordship has arrived.
3. Mr Cooper's office is not wanted; and as regards himself personally he is clearly to blame for not furnishing the fullest information respecting the supposed deficiency in the funds of the Columbia Hospital during the time he acted as Treasurer fortheManuscript image the institution.
4. I would beg leave to refer to my despatch No. 15 of the 8th January 1867 on this subject.
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
Mr Cooper's case is of course new to me, but from reading the papers it appears to me you have had a most troublesome & not very deserving gentleman to deal with—& I suppose that this despatch—as in the case of 1940—may be put by.
CC 18 June
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There is nothing more to be done in the case, and I agree with Mr Cox that this should be put by.
TFE 19 June
CBA 19/6
B&C 21/6
Seymour, Frederick to Carnarvon, Earl 24 April 1867, CO 60:28, no. 5800, 108. 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/B67070.html.

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