No. 165
26th December 1870
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward to Your Lordship a Letter from Chief Justice Begbie in which he renews his application for the appointment of Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements, which he is informed has now been resigned by SirPhilipManuscript image Philip Maxwell.
2. It may not be out of place to mention that the promotion of Mr Begbie as he desires may facilitate some of the official arrangements consequent upon Confederation. I would suggest to Your Lordship for consideration, with reference to my Despatch No 147 of the 17th ultimo, that in the event of Mr Begbie's removal, Mr Crease may be appointed Chief Justice, and that MrPhillippoManuscript image Phillippo Phillippo the Attorney General may then be provided for by promotion to the vacant Office of Puisne Judge.
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
We may expect Sir B Maxwells resignation of the Chief Justiceship of the Straits before long—till then this cannot be considered—& Mr Begbie has recently been told that his name has been noted for promotion.
See Minutes on 7282.
CC 1 Feb 71
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RGWH Feb 1/71
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Reply that when the office of Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements becomes vacant, Lord K will consider Mr Begbie's claims with those of other candidates.
ERW Feb 2/71
K Feb 2/71
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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M.B. Begbie to Musgrave, 22 December 1870, asking that his enclosed letter be forwarded to the Secretary of State.
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Begbie to Kimberley, 22 December 1870, renewing his application for the Chief Justiceship of the Straits Settlements.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 9, 7 February 1871.