Sargeaunt to Herbert (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Offices of the Crown Agents for the Colonies,
Spring Gardens, London, S.W.
25 June 1870
Sir,
Adverting to my letters of the 15th and 22nd February last I transmit for Earl Granville's consideration the enclosed letter from the Admiralty together with sundry Vouchers in support of claims against the Governments of British Columbia, Hong Kong and Gibraltar. There is also a claim for £2.5.9 for stores supplied at the Nicobar Islands.
The Crown Agents have no information on the subject of these claims beyond what is contained in the enclosed Admiralty letter.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient Servant
W.C. Sargeaunt
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Herbert
A reference must be made first to the Governors of B. Columbia, Hong Kong & Gibraltar & the Agents so informed—adding that the Nicobar Islands are under Indian Jurisdiction [subsequently altered by RGWH to read "are not under the Jurisdiction of the C.O.].
CC 20/6
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At once.
RGWH June 28/70
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Voucher for Nicobar Islands returned privately to Clerk from Admy.
[?] 7/10/70.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Admiralty to Crown Agents, 16 June 1870, requesting payment on account of colonial vouchers totalling £115.1.2.
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Numerous Admiralty vouchers supporting claims against the governments of British Columbia, Hong Kong, and Gibraltar for stores and services (ten pages).
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Draft reply, Granville to Musgrave, No. 69, 30 June 1870. Also addressed to governors of Hong Kong and Gibraltar.
Minutes by CO staff
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It appears by a Memo in red ink on some of the Admy vouchers in 1727 that the Admy have ordered that all these claims are to be settled in London: it would therefore save the delay of a reference back to the Colony, if the Colonial Harbour Master advised the Home Agents of the claims he admitted, at the same time as he filled up these vouchers.
FRR 29/6
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No—that wd not be sufficient for payment. There must be higher authority—but the Admiralty might be told that in such cases it wd save a reference to the Colony if their Officers before sending home the Accounts got the Govrs Certificate to their correctness.
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Herbert to Crown Agents, 1 July 1870, advising that the Admiralty's claims were being referred to the colonies in question for authorization of payment.
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Herbert to Secretary to the Admiralty, 5 July 1870, suggesting that naval officers have their accounts certified as correct by the governor before sending them home.
Sargeaunt, William Charles to Herbert, Robert George Wyndham 25 June 1870, CO 60:42, no. 6790, 75. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B705AG05.html.

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