No. 27
10th December 1855
Sir
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No 1 of the 3rd of August last apprizing me that Her Majesty's Government having again taken into their consideration the circumstances under which I chartered the ship "Otter," as a guard ship for the protection of this settlement, will be prepared to defray the amount thus expended, upon receiving a properly certified account of thesameManuscript image same.
I have in consequence the honor of transmitting herewith the required account shewing the sum expended for that object amounting to £400 Sterling.
I beg also to inform you that I had previously to the receipt of your Despatch forwarded copies of the same account to the Hudson's Bay Company from whom the ship "Otter" was chartered.
I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas
Governor

The Right Honble Sir William Molesworth Bart.
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department.
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Put by, the claim having been discharged by the War Dept.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Account to the Hudson's Bay Company for charter of the steam vessel Otter from 13 July to 1 August 1854 in the amount of £400, dated 27 September 1855, signed by Douglas.
Douglas, James to Molesworth, William 10 December 1855, CO 305:6, no. 1476, 165. 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/V55127.html.

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