Sargeaunt to Sandford (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Offices of the Crown Agents for the Colonies
Spring Gardens, London, S.W.
27 April 1869
Previous to the receipt of your letter of the 16th instant the Crown Agents had received from the Government of British Columbia a further remittance of £2000, and had discounted the Bill at the Bank of England for the purpose of paying over to Trust Fund account the amount due to Sinking Funds on the 15th July and 1st October last, together £2125.
The Crown Agents adopted this course as there was about three months before any further funds would be required for the payment of interest; after paying over the aboveamountManuscript image amount there will be a balance of about £600 to the credit of the local Government in the books of this Office.
The next remittances the Crown Agents will reserve for the payment of interest due in July next, in the manner proposed in your letter of the 16th instant.
I take this opportunity of transmitting copy of a letter from the Colonial Secretary of British Columbia respecting a claim of £979.7.8 against Her Majesty's Government for the conveyance of Mails between that Colony and San Francisco.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant,
W.C. Sargeaunt
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Sandford
1. The first three pars might be sent to the Governor for infn & in reference to his despatch reporting the remittance received by last Mail.
2. As to last par we must wait for P.O. decision to which Dt the claim has been referred.
WR 1/5/69
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Sir F. Rogers to see. 1. Forward as proposed, saying Lord Granville is glad to learn fr. C. Agents &c.
2. Wait.
FRS 1/5
FR 4/5
WM 4/5
G 6/5
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See subsequent Agents/6526 June 10, 1869.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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W.A.G. Young, Colonial Secretary, to Crown Agents, 12 January 1869, advising of a claim for £969.7.8, "being half the amount paid by this Government for the carriage of Mails between British Columbia and San Francisco."
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Granville to Seymour, No. 31, 8 May 1869.