No. 1
10 January 1870
Sir,
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of the 2nd September last No. 4 referring to the amount of salary to be assigned to you as Governor of British Columbia and enquiring at what rate Mr. Hankin shouldbeManuscript image be paid during the period he administered the Government between the death of Mr. Seymour and your own assumption of the Government.
It appears from your despatch that Mr. Seymour had whilst he held Office drawn a sum of £1,000 from the Crown Fund in addition to the £4,000 assigned by local Act to the Governor together with his travelling expenses.
I have to inform you that Mr. Seymour neverreceivedManuscript image received any official authority to draw this £1,000 from the Crown Fund, nor had that step been submitted either officially or unofficially to the Lords Commissoners of the Treasury, whose concurrence was requisite for it.
Under these circumstances and in the existing state of the finances of British Columbia I cannot sanction the payment of salary at a greater rate than £2,000 to Mr. Hankin during hisAdministrationManuscript image Administration of the Government and £4000 to yourself. But I am of opinion that any motion that may be made for a reduction of this Salary below that sum may be met by pointing out to the Council that a reduction of the salary has practically been effected by discontinuing the payment of the £1000 hitherto paid to Mr. Seymour from the Crown Fund.
I request that youwillManuscript image will inform me what amount has been drawn from the Crown Fund on this account and up to what period the accounts of that fund have been sent home for Audit.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Granville
People in this document

Hankin, Philip J.

Leveson-Gower, Granville George

Musgrave, Anthony

Seymour, Frederick

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Treasury

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British Columbia

Leveson-Gower, Granville George to Musgrave, Anthony 10 January 1870, NAC RG7:G8C/17, 1. 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/B707001.html.

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