Mundy to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
War Department
10th July 1855
With reference to your Letter of the 9th ultimo, I am directed by Lord Panmure to acquaint you, for the information of Lord John Russell, that the Lords Commissoners of the Treasury will be prepared on being furnished with a properly certified account of the expenditure incurred by the Governor of Vancouvers Island in chartering the Ship "Otter"asManuscript image as a Guardship for the protection of the settlement, to pay the amount to such person as may be duly authorised to receive it.
I am, Sir
Your Obedient Servant
E.C. Mundy

Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
I should doubt the Hudson's Bay Company being able to send a certified account of this expenditure: but the time consumed in a reference to VanC. I. is so long that perhaps we had better ask the Co if they have the necessary information. If they should not possess it then write to the Governor.
ABd 11 July
Annex dt.
HM Jy 11
Other documents included in the file
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Colonial Office to A. Colvile, Hudson's Bay Company, 16 July 1855, asking the company to furnish a certified account of the expense incurred in chartering the Otter for the protection of the colony.
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Draft, Colonial Office to Mundy, 17 December 1855, forwarding the account of expenditure received from the Hudson's Bay Company.