No. 81
7th June 1870
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward to Your Lordship a letter from Mr Begbie, Chief Justice of this Colony, praying for promotion to a more lucrative appointment.
2. Mr Begbie, haswithoutManuscript image without doubt, discharged the duties of his present office well, and faithfully, during a trying period in the Early history of this Colony. And my only objection to his application is, that its success must deprive British Columbia of his valuable services.
I have the honor to be
My Lord
Your most obedient
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A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Herbert
A question of Patronage.
CC 6 July
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If Mr Begbie is as good a man as the Govr thinks him, he might be worth considering with reference to the possible vacancy in the C.J[ustice]ship of the Straits Settlements; which office however we have no sufficient reason for believing that Sir B. Maxwell is immediately about to resign.
RGWH July 7/70
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Reply that Lord Kimberley will not fail to make a note of Mr Begbie's application for promotion to a more lucrative appointment; but that he has no Knowledge of any intention, on the part of the Chief Justice of the Straits Settlement, to retire from his present office.
ERW July 8/70
K July 8
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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M.B. Begbie to Granville, 21 May 1870, asking that he be considered for appointment to a higher paying post.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 5, 11 July 1870.