No. 42
27th December 1869
My Lord,
In a Telegram to me before I left Newfoundland, in reply to an application for leave to visit England, while declining to grant it then, Your Lordship added that the question of leave might arise later.
2. I should now begratefulManuscript image grateful if Your Lordship would grant me leave for a short absence, say for two months, to take effect after the termination of the Legislative Session in April or May, in order to enable me to visit New York on a matter of personal moment to myself.
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Matrimony.
I believe that no inconvenience is likely to arise from my absence for so short a period at that time.
3. I think it veryprobableManuscript image probable that on the termination of the Session some confidential and personal communication with the Government of Canada on the subject of Confederation will be desirable if not necessary and it may be convenient that I should visit Ottawa for this purpose when in that neighbourhood on the Continent. Under these circumstances I would respectfully request Your Lordship's permission to taketheManuscript image the short leave for which I ask upon full pay as being to some extent on the service of the Colony. The Officer temporarily administering the Government
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Senior Member of the Ex. Council, Col. Secy.
need not be put to any expense during my absence; but with Your Lordship's sanction he might be allowed to draw half Salary from the Crown fund which is at the absolute disposal of the Government for anypurposeManuscript image purpose of which you approve.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
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Mr Herbert
I do not think Governor Musgrave makes out a sufficient case for allowing him to draw full Salary during the short (2 or 3 months) leave of absence he asks for to go to New York—laudable as the object of that visit is—& except on some very clear case of Public Service it is not desirable that a portion of the Crown Fund should beManuscript image devoted to paying an Administrator of the Govt during the Governor's absence.
The Colonial Secy as Senior Member of the Ex. Council would administer.
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Sir F. Rogers
The salaries in Br. Columbia seem high in proportion to the Revenue; though probably when the cost of living is taken into account they are not in excess of what is necessary to procure good service.
I shd hardly think that either of these requests could be acceded to as far as they relate to salary, but I of course do not know what precedents there may be.
I presume that Governor Musgrave may have the leave he asks for.
RGWH Feb 7/70
WM 7/2
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Is this not a case for granting leave with 1/2 salary.
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Draft reply, Granville to Musgrave, No. 9, 15 February 1870.
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Mr Herbert
In answer to Lord Granville's minute I should say, to the visit to New York quite a case for 1/2 Salary. If sent to Canada to confer with the Govr General it would be another question—then full Salary might come in & the Crown Fund charged with 1/2 Salary to the Administrator.
Musgrave, Anthony to Leveson-Gower, Granville George 27 December 1869, CO 60:36, no. 1384, 570. 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/B69242.html.

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