No. 60
11 September 1861
In reply to your Despatch No 49 of the 31st March, requesting me to furnish any information I may be able to supply on the subject of the entertainment on board Her Majesty's Gun Boat Grappler in October 1860 of Captain Edward Stamp, represented to be the Government SuperintendentofManuscript image of the Settlement of Barclay Sound, I have the honor to acquaint Your Grace that the circumstances of the case are as follows. In October last it was necessary, in consequence of some misconduct and symptoms of hostility on the part of the Indians in the neighbourhood of Barclay Sound, to despatch a Gun Boat to the place; the Senior Naval Officer at Vancouver's Island, Captain Spencer of the Topaze, applied to me to afford the assistance of a Pilot, as Barclay Sound was unsurveyed and the Officer in Command of the Gun Boat was ignorant of the navigation; IhadManuscript image had no one to send, but Captain Stamp, who is not in the Service of the Government, but one of the Energetic projectors and proprietors of the Settlement at Barclay Sound, happened to be upon the spot, and immediately volunteered his services to supply the required assistance. They were accepted, and as they were gratuitously rendered, I have not thought it proper to make any claim upon Captain Stamp in repayment of the expenses for entertainment now referred to.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedient
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
It would be improper to call upon Capn Stamp to defray the expense of his entertainment, but I think it wd be equally improper that this Country should do so—the service on whh he was employed on board the Grappler being purely colonial.
ABd 2 Novr
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Mr H. Irving
Does the Coll Agent ever make payments for B. Columbia? [Corrected by Irving to read: Vancouver Island?]
Mr Elliot
The Agent has made some small payments on account of Vancouver Island and on the occasion of his doing so we instructed the Governor to remit the amount. The Agent has no funds of the Colony in his hand.
HTI [5?] Nov
I shd order the Colonial agent to pay the Admy, and order the Govr to send home the amount to the Coll agent.
TFE 5 Novr
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Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 12 November 1861, advising that Newcastle would, upon being informed of the amount due, instruct the Agent General to pay the bill.