No. 30
New Westminster
8th April 1868
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to forward copy of a letter which has been addressed to me by Mr Arthur Bushby, Registrar General of Titles in this Colony. He complainsthatManuscript image that his salary of £500 a year is barely enough for him to live on, that his duties are uninteresting and that he is quite out of the line of promotion.
2. I do not know a more thoroughly respected and at the same time popular young man in the Colony or one who would be more capable of filling a more important office. Mr Bushby came out here to try his fortunesluredManuscript image lured like so many others by the glowing descriptions of the Colony which appeared in the columns of the "Times." He married a daughter of Sir James Douglas' and being disappointed in the country generally, accepted the only public situation the then Governor had at his disposal.
3. I may add that since Mr Bushby's letter was written, we have had great difficulty in getting hissalaryManuscript image salary voted by the Council, as it is felt that his office is not required. Were he to be removed, I should not fill it up.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your most obedient
humble Servant.
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Mr Birch speaks highly of Mr Bushby.
To Mr Bryant.
CC 16 June
FR 17/6
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Has been noted &c.
HSB 18/6
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See Gov. Confl 2153 Jan 21-70.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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A. Bushby to Seymour, 2 April 1868, requesting employment in another colony, with explanation of his circumstances.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 35, 22 June 1868 informing Seymour that Bushby’s name was noted for “employment in some other Colony.”