Watson to Secretary of State
14th January 1869
My Lord,
I have the honor to transmit, herewith, copy of correspondence which I have had with His Excellency the Governor on the subject of my claims for compensation for loss of office through the operation of an Act of the Imperial Parliament uniting the Colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver IslandManuscript image and to request that the merits of my application dated the 3rd August 1867 may receive Your Lordship's early and, I trust, favourable consideration.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord
Your most obedient
and humble Servant
Alex Watson
late Colonial Treasurer of Vancouver Island

Her Majesty's Secretary of State
for the Colonies
Downing Street
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Sandford
As Mr Watson says he has requested the Governor to forward this correspondence to the Secy of State, the despatch may as well be waited for. I do not therefore trouble you with any observations, tho' we have full material to shew he has no case.
CC 19/3
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At once. Wait.
FRS 19/3
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The Governor has not up to the present time forwarded Mr Watson's letter as he was requested & as he ought.
His letter of the 3d Aug/67 to which he refers (7606) is herewith & the answer disposed of his case.
He has no claim on the Secy of State as you will see on reference to various minutes (5080/67, 8394/67, 11037/67).
I think the Governor might now be informed that on the 19th March Lord Granville recd a letter from Mr Watson dated 14 Jany last, with its enclosures, from which it appeared that he had forwarded copies to the Govr for transmission to the SecretaryManuscript image of State. That the Secy of State had deferred disposing of Mr Watson's letter until the Govrs reports should reach him as it ought to have done some time before this. That this delay on the part of the Govr is fortunately of less consequence than it might have been, as the records of this Office have enabled Lord Granville to come to the conclusion that Mr Watson has no claim on the Home Govt, a decision he will make known to Mr Watson explaining to him the cause of delay.
CC 24/5
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I agree. Mr Watson's case was very fully considered.
FRS 24/5
G 25/5
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See subsequent 7363 July 8, 70.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Alexander Watson to Seymour, 15 December 1868, asking if the Secretary of State had reached a decision regarding his claim for compensation.
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W.A.G. Young, Colonial Secretary, to Watson, 28 December 1868, advising that the Governor had not yet received word from the Colonial Office on the subject.
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Watson to Young, 6 January 1869, explaining his case in further detail and requesting that the Secretary of State be sent a copy of the letter.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Granville to Seymour, No. 47, 27 May 1869 discussing Seymour’s lack of correspondence regarding Watson and requesting Seymour to inform Watson of Granville’s decision on Watson’s claim for compensation.