Cox to Colonial Office
 
48 York Road
Kingstown


Mrs William G. Cox wife of William George Cox J.P. & Gold Commissioner British Columbia Presents her Compliments to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, & would feel obliged by being informed where her Husband is now Stationed, and what his present Salary is, not having heard from him for Many Months, and not receiving with any punctuality, this year the allowance of £60 per annum Settled on forManuscript image her support, while His Grace the late Duke of Newcastle was in office and of which Mrs Cox has received but £14.16.9 this year which appears most unaccountable to her & leaves her in great distress.
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Decr 12th 1867
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
This is not the first time Mrs Cox has appealed to this office to obtain her Allowance from her husband. He is a Gold Commr & Member of Council for Cariboo District.
In Nov 1862 she wrote saying that her husband who had left her & emigrated to B. Columbia had promised to remit to her 1/2 his Salary—but hadManuscript image failed to do so. Her appeal was sent to the Govr who was instructed to inform Mr Cox that unless he could refute the statement that he had left his wife without means of assistance he must either provide for his Wife out of his Salary or be removed from his appt.
The Govr was again written to on the 7 July 1863 no report having been recd & he was told "you will see that Mr Cox does not trifle with this matter," & will inform Mr Cox that unless he made his remittances punctually he was to be dismissed.
In answer the Govr stated that Mr Cox had already made remittances to his Wife & that in justice to Mr CoxManuscript image he must say he had always found him a correct, honorable & useful officer.
On the 4 Dec 1863 a further despatch reported that Mr Cox had stated that he was prepared to allow his Wife £60 a year & had already made some remittances to her on that account.
Mrs Cox now states that she has only recd £14.15.9 this year.
As Mr Cox has since 1863 apparently regularly made his promised remittances, & possibly he is one of those unfortunate officers who are in arrear of Salary, I think it wd be sufficient to send a copy of the present appeal to the Govr to be sent to Mr Cox?
CC 16/12
FR 16/12
CBA 17/12
B&C 18/12
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 100, 23 December 1867 transmitting Mrs. William G. Cox’s letter to Seymour and requesting Seymour to forward Mrs. William G. Cox’s letter to William G. Cox.
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
& so inform Mrs Cox adding that the Duke of Buckingham cannot go beyond that?
FR 21/12
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Elliot to Cox, 31 December 1867, advising that the matter had been referred to the governor and that no further action could be taken by Buckingham.
Cox, Sophia Elizabeth to Colonial Office 12 December 1867, CO 60:31, no. 12203, 212. 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/B676C03.html.

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