Mellors to Granville
Britannia Chambers, Pelham St.
Nottingham
9 May 70
My Lord
For some years I acted as Agent to Wm Montague Cochrane Esq formerly a Lieutenant in the Army, but for some years past Recorder at Lytton, and at Ritchfield, Cariboo, British Columbia. I hold Mr Cochranes power of Attorney to act in his absence.
It is with extreme regret that I learn Mr Cochrane was a passenger in the vessel the "City of Boston," which is supposed to have been lost on Feb 11th. Mr Cochrane owes me £20 & I recently had a letter from him referring to his return & intention to pay me.
Under these circumstances I respectfully ask that your Lordship will kindly favour me with any information you may have or may receive with regard to Mr Cochrane's death; or as to his leaving British Columbia, or as to his property or letters of credit he may have on any Bank. He being a Government Officer I presume if anything is known it will be in the Colonial Office.
I have the honor to be
My Lord
Your most obedient Servant
R.W.B. Mellors
The Right Hon Earl Granville KG
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Mr Herbert
Answer that the only information that Lord Granville can give is that in a despatch from the Govr dated 13 Nov. last he reported that he had given Mr Cochrane 6 months leave of absence, & that under no circumstances would any information be sent to this office as to any property Mr C. had in B.C.
CC 10/5
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At once.
RGWH May 10/70
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Herbert to Mellors, 13 May 1870, advising that they had no current information on Cochrane and suggesting he contact the colonial secretary for information regarding the estate.
Mellors, R. W. B. to Leveson-Gower, Granville George 9 May 1870, CO 60:42, no. 4918, 356. 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/B706M07.html.

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