Hamilton to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
21 August 1860
With reference to your letter of the 11 Inst relative to Bills drawn on account of the cost of construction of two Lighthouses in Vancouvers Island, I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majestys Treasury to transmit herewith copy of a letter from the Board of Trade—dated 8 Inst—on this subject together with copy of Their Lordships reply, and I am to request that you will move the Secretary of State to instruct the Governor of Vancouvers Island to limit if possible the expenditure for the service within the amount intimated in his Despatch NoManuscript imageNo 31 of 18 June.
Their Lordships wish to be favored with the opinion of the Secretary of State whether the further sum required for the service beyond the vote of £7000 should be inserted in the Estimate for Lighthouses to be submitted to Parliament for the year 1861-2 on the understanding, as before, that one half will be hereafter repaid from Colonial Funds.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Inform the Govr that the Bills drawn by the Col: Treasurer for the Service of the Light Houses have been paid & instruct him, as requested, in regard to limiting the expenditure within the Sum specified. As the Governor is fully aware that the two Colonies of VanCouver's Island & B. Columbia are to bear half the cost conjointly the answer to the last paragraph must I presume be in the affirmative?
VJ 22 Aug
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Elliot to Hamilton, 31 August 1860, stating that the additional sum should be inserted in the estimates for the ensuing year on the same understanding as before.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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James Booth, Board of Trade, to Secretary of the Treasury, 8 August 1860, advising they had accepted bills from the governor in excess of the original vote, and asking to be informed "what course they are to pursue should any more Bills be drawn by the Governor."
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Hamilton to Booth, 21 August 1860, advising that they would communicate with the Colonial Office on the subject.