Lugard to Under-Secretary of State
20th April 1868
I am directed by Secretary Sir John Pakington to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 26th February last, requesting that a claim, amounting to £675.2.4 made by this Department against the Government of British Columbia for Revolvers and Ammunition left by Colonel Moody, Royal Engineers, on loan for the use of the Colony, might be withdrawnonManuscript image on account of the Embarrassed state of its finances. And I am to acquaint you for the information of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, the Secretary of State regrets that he is unable to comply with this request.
Sir John Pakington has however no objection to allow the Settlement of the claim to remain in abeyance until the necessary funds become available.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient Servant
Edward Lugard
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Repayment postponed until better times come.
Keep in arrear that it may not be lost sight of when better times do come.
CC 22/4
FR 23/4
CBA 24/4
B&C 7/5
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 63, 21 August 1868 informing Seymour that the War Department cannot “withdraw the claim” for items Moody and the Royal Engineers supplied, but the claim can be settled once there are enough funds in British Columbia.