No. 29
22nd March 1871
My Lord,
It may now be presumed that the formal declaration of the Union of British Columbia with Canada will not be deferred for many months. I do not wish to leave my Post while anything important remains to be done;butManuscript image but as Your Lordship will observe from the measures of this Legislative Session when all are transmitted to you, I have been and am still endeavouring to prepare the way for the successful operation of the impending changes on the Confederation of this Colony with the other Provinces; and when that iscompletedManuscript image completed I shall be glad to have Your Lordship's permission to relinquish the Government so soon as a Lieutenant Governor can be appointed from Canada to relieve me. I am most anxious to proceed to England to obtain the best surgical advice. I am still a sufferer from the effects of an unfortunate accident in November1869Manuscript image 1869 when I sustained a most serious compound fracture of the right leg. My lameness is yet very great and painful, arising from distortion of the foot and contraction of muscles and tendons, and I now have reason to fear it may become permanent unless I can soon obtain relief from SurgicaltreatmentManuscript image treatment and mechanical applicances which are not to be procured in a Colony.
2. I assume myself to be entitled to the usual travelling allowance on retiring from this Government, but I believe that Your Lordship's formal authority for it is necessary before drawing for the amount and with this I beg to befurnishedManuscript image furnished.
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
On loss of his Govt by abolition Mr Musgrave wd be entitled to his Passage Allowance of £600.
Mr Lewes
If I am right will Ty sanction be necessary?
Mr Cox
The terms of clause 138 do not seem to require any reference to the Treasury. In a previous case somewhat similar Sir R. Airey (papers annexed) was allowed return passage money from Gibraltar although he had not completed his full period of service and it was not then thought necessary to refer to the Treasury.
The allowance in Mr Musgraves case would be £800 as he would come under the old scale.
GMB 28/4
Mr Herbert
Mr MusgraveManuscript image may therefore be authorized to draw for the £800.
He asks for permission to come away as soon as a Lt Govr is appointed from Canada.
CC 28/4
Authorise. At once.
RGWH Ap 28/71
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Lisgar, Canada, No. 414, 4 May 1871.
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 34, 2 May 1871.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Cox
Is this draft sufficiently explicit as to the date of Mr Musgrave's leaving.
He may be trusted not to come away before he can properly.
Musgrave, Anthony to Wodehouse, John 22 March 1871, CO 60:43, no. 4074, 291. 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.

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