No. 11
18th October 1869
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive Your Lordship's Despatches No 79 of 5th August and No 90 of 9th September respecting an application from the Bishop of British Columbia for payment by the CrownAgentsManuscript image Agents of a sum of £400 for assisting Female Emigration to this Colony.
2. I very much regret the delay and inconvenience which have arisen from the omission of my Predecessor to make the necessary report to Your Lordship's Department in proper time. I was myself quite ignorant of the whole matter until I received Your Lordship's Despatches, and Mr HankintheManuscript image the Colonial Secretary was not aware that you had not been acquainted with what was proposed by the local Government. It was, I am informed by the late Governor's Private Secretary, the intention of Mr Seymour to have reported the Scheme just before he sailed for the Northwest Coast, but that he had not received the final report from the ImmigrationCommitteeManuscript image Committee and decided therefore not to do so until all arrangements had been definitely concluded.
3. I now forward a Memorandum upon the subject prepared by Mr Hankin, and the Minutes of the proceedings of the Immigration Board. I think the object in view is worthy of the assistance which the Legislative Council desired to afford.
I have the honor to be
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
It does not appear now how this £700 is provided for: it may be by Supplementary Estimate, or in the next Estimates. The Bishop has had £400, the remaining £300 it may be assumed is to cover expences in the Colony.
The Emigration Comrs shd have copy of the correspondence—but I do not see that we are yet in a position to applyManuscript image for Treasury sanction.
CC 21/11
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Sir F. Sandford
This is really—i.e. so much of it as we have to consider—not Emign but finance.
1. Copy to E.C.—for infn.
2. You will judge whether this authorises any payment to the Bishop.
FR 23/11
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1. Inform E. Commrs as proposed.
2. We have already asked the C. Agents to pay the Bishop £400.
FRS 20/11
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Have the Colony any balance in their exchequer? I think not.
WM 25/11
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I suppose this was considered at the time of the order.
G 11/12
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Memorandum, no date, being the "Proceedings in the Legislative Council relative to a scheme for promoting Female Immigration to British Columbia."
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Printed minutes of "Proceedings of the Board of Female Immigration," 13 April to 18 June 1869.