No. 98
8th August 1868
My Lord Duke,
In obedience to the command conveyed in Your Graces Circular Despatch of the 5th of May, I have the honor to forward a Schedule of Despatches received by me which appear to haveremainedManuscript image remained unanswered for more than a Month.
No. 3 of 20 January 1868.
Circular Despatch of the 6th January 1868.
Circular Despatch of the 6th May 1868.
2. The Despatches sent by me to the Secretary of State which appear to have remained unanswered for more than five months are, No 90 of 15 July 1867 respecting Financial position of the Colony and asking for assistance.
NoManuscript image No 66 of 13th April 1867, recommending that assistance be given to the Vancouver Island Dock Company for the work they propose to undertake.
No 162 of 13th December 1867. Financial difficulties.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
Manuscript image
Mr Elliot
The Governors despatches No 90 & 162 has been disposed of.
In regard to No 66 I send it on to you and call attention to the Minutes on it. I am not aware of any further communication with the Admiralty, beyond sending them a copy of Govr Seymour's despatch of the 11 Feb. 1868 (herewith) with reference to the construction of a large Dock—and their answer 4773.
CC 11 Sept
Manuscript image
See Separate Minute.
TFE 11 Sep
Manuscript image
This is a question arising on an arrear list. The Governor in a list of arrears notes a despatch from him No 66 of 13 April 1867, recommending that assistance be given to a local Company for forming a Vancouver Island Dock.
As a matter of correspondence it seems to me that the proper course to take with No 66 is to refer it to the Admiralty and to request to be informed whether or not their Lordships feel disposed to grant any assistance to the Vancouver Island Dock Company mentioned in the Governor's despatch.
IfManuscript image
If my opinion be desired, I have the most decided conviction that for England to erect any defensive works at Vancouver Island would be madness, and without defensive works the Naval Authorities have told us that they would not think it advisable to create a Naval Dock and Arsenal.
TFE 11 Septr
CBA 12/9
Manuscript image
The matter has more than once been subject of communication with Admiralty. All that is necessary is to acknowledge it stating it to have been referred to Admiralty [remainder cut off microfilm].
Other documents included in the file
Manuscript image
Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 80, 26 September 1868 informing Seymour that “Despatch No. 66 has been communicated to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.”
Manuscript image
Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 26 September 1868, forwarding copy of the despatch for information.