Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
18 March 1861
The person named on the other side hereof, having been entertained on board Her Majesty's Gun Boat "Grappler" on the occasions and between the dates stated against their names;
Capt. Ed. Stamp, Government Superintendent of the settlement at Barclay Sound, Vancouver Island, from Esquimalt to Barclay Sound & back, Oct. 18th to Oct. 20th and Oct. 28th to Oct. 31st, 1860.
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to request that you will move the Duke of Newcastle to cause me to be informed, whether the Expense of the Entertainment is to be borne by the Public.
I am etc.
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
We have no informn from the Governor on this subject. I have little doubt that the mission of Capn Stamp (who is a merchant & sea-faring man) was for a colonial purpose; (supposing him to have been sent by the Governor) in which case the expense should devolve on the Colony.
ABd 20/3
Tell the Admiralty that he was not employed under this Office, but that the Governor will be asked for any information which he can supply on the subject. Write to him accordingly.
TFE 20 March
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Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 28 March 1861, stating that Douglas would be called upon to supply information on the subject.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 49, 31 March 1861, forwarding a copy of Romaine's letter and asking Douglas to respond with any information which you may be able to supply on the subject.