Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
12 Novemberth 1867
I have laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your letter of the 6th stating that the Colonial finances of British Columbia are no longer able to bear a share in the expense of the Survey of that Coast.
My Lords are of opinion that the chief work of that Survey, now removed somehundredManuscript image hundred miles from the actual Settlements of the Colony is really more for the benefit of Her Majesty's Ships than for the Commercial purposes of the Colony; & I am to request that you will inform the Secretary of State that my Lords have given directions for the expenses of the Survey and the hire of the "Beaver" Vessel to be borne by the Imperial Government.
I am, Sir,
your obedient servant
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
So inform the Govr in answer to his despatch 10869.
CC 13 Nov
Yes, satisfactory.
FR 14/11
CBA 14/11
No satisfaction to me as a British taxpayer. Satisfactory to the Colony and to England if English ships are to navigate thru seas either for commerce or war.
B&C 16/11
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 86, 18 November 1867 informing Seymour of the Admiralty Lords Commissioners’ decision to have the “Imperial Government” cover the expenses of surveying British Columbia’s coast.