Hamilton to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
22nd July, 1867
With reference to Mr Elliot's letters of the 14th and 22nd ultimo, relating to the conveyance of Mails between San Francisco and British Columbia, I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit to you, for the information of the Duke of Buckingham, the enclosed copy of a letter from the Postmaster General relating to this subject,andManuscript image and I am desired to state that My Lords concur in opinion with the Duke of Montrose that it would not be advisable on postal grounds to incur on the part of the Imperial Government the considerable expenditure which the establishment of a subsidized line of British Packets between Panama and British Columbia would involve.
I am,
Your obedient servant
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Ackn: receipt of the Governors three despatches 4390, 5082 & 5081 & send him a copy of this for his information, & then sanction the arrangement reported in the last of these despatches (5801) for theManuscript image conveyance of the Mails to S. Francisco for 6 months?
CC 23 July
FR 23/7
CBA 24/7
B&C 24/7
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See Admy/7088.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Montrose, General Post Office, to Treasury, 27 June 1867, opposing subsidized mail service for British Columbia and suggesting the colony make arrangements with steamers contracted by the American Post Office for service between San Francisco and the colony.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 42, 1 August 1867 transmitting the Postmaster General’s letter not supporting establishing a British Packets line between Panama and British Columbia, advising Seymour that arrangements for mail service with the US are being initiated, and approving of Seymour’s temporary arrangement for the “conveyance of the Mails between San Francisco and Victoria.”.