No. 61
16 September 1861
I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of Your Grace's Despatch No 59 of 12 June, upon the subject of the services on account of which I had drawn Bills upon Her Majesty's Paymaster General.
2. In return thereto I have the honor to acquaint Your Grace, that the only service for whichthisManuscript image this Government has drawn Bills upon the Imperial Treasury has been in connection with San Juan, principally to defray the cost of erecting Barracks for the Royal Marines, and to pay the extra Pay granted to them by Her Majesty's Government; accounts for the whole of which up to the 31st March past have already been transmitted by me to Your Grace.
3. I will take care in future, in compliance with Your Grace's instructions, that the service on account of which Bills may be drawn shallbeManuscript image be distinctly marked on the Bills themselves.
4. I forward herewith a Statement of all Bills drawn by me on account of these Services, up to the present time; but I have never upon any occasion drawn any Bills without representing the circumstances to Your Grace, and advising the Paymaster General of the particulars of each separate Bill.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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"Statement of Bills drawn by the Government of Vancouvers Island on the Pay Master General London on account of the Royal Marines (San Juan), for the years 1859 and 1860 and to the 30th June 1861," signed by Douglas, 16 September 1861.
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Elliot to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 7 November 1861, forwarding copy of this despatch and of Douglas's despatch No. 56 (British Columbia) of the same date.