No. 45
25th April 1870
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive Your Lordship's Despatch No 12, of the 21st February, calling my attention to the Duke of Buckingham's Despatch No 63, of the 21st August 1868, and to previous correspondence respecting a claimagainstManuscript image against this Government for £675.2.4, Six hundred and seventy five pounds, two shillings and fourpence, on account of Stores supplied by the War Department for the service of the Colony.
2. When Your Lordship wrote you had not received my Despatch No 9, of the 29th January transmitting the Estimates for this Year and reporting upon the financial position of the Colony. From what I there stated it will be obvious that the condition oftheManuscript image the finances is really as yet far from being improved. No provision has been made for this claim on the Estimates for this Year as I was entirely ignorant of it until now. I could not remit the amount without borrowing it from the Bank at twelve per cent compound interest—that is, interest on which interest is charged at the expiration of every quarter—and under all the circumstances of the case I trust that Your Lordship will permit me to defer the remittance.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Herbert
Copy to the War Office adding that under the circumstances stated by the Governor Lord Granville is of opinion that payment of the £675.2.4 should not be pressed at present?
CC 30 May
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This is probably all that can be done now; adding that the Governor will be desired to make provision in the Estimates for next year for the payment of this sum or the greater part of it.
RGWH May 30/70
WM 31/5
G 2/6
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Draft reply, Granville to Musgrave, No. 54, 8 June 1870.
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Herbert to Under-Secretary of State for War, 8 June 1870, forwarding copy of the despatch for information and adding that Musgrave had been asked to make provisions for the debt in the estimates for next year.