Hamilton to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
28 May 1861
I am directed by the Lords Commissoners of Her Majesty's Treasury to acquaint you, for the information of the Duke of Newcastle, with reference to the letter of the Board of 17 Inst, that Their Lordships have directed the acceptance by the Paymaster General of two further Bills—No 10 for £1000, and No 11 for £500—which have been drawn by G.T. Gordon, Treasurer of Vancouver's Island—the service for which the amounts are drawn not being stated in the Bill.
My Lords presume that these BillshaveManuscript image have been drawn on account of further expenses connected with the Marines at San Juan, but They request that the Governor of Vancouver's Island may be instructed to report the service for which the Bills have been drawn, and to give directions that the service may be in future specified on all Bills that may be drawn by the Treasurer or Acting Treasurer of Vancouver's Island, as well as of British Columbia.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
This letter has crossed one from this office informing the Treasury that the Gov. has drawn Bills for £3000 for pay of the Marines & that this pay had been issued on a/c of B. Columbia.
I have ascertained privately at the Treasury that they are still unable toManuscript image identify the Bills by the Governors despatches, but that the Bills have been accepted & paid provisionally out of the Treasury chest.
All that is necessary to be done now is to explain to the governor that the pay of the Marines is chargeable to separate accounts in this Country and to ask him to send a statement of all that he has drawn hitherto in order that the amount may be properly charged agt the War Office or the Parliamentary Vote for B. Col. and to tell the Treasury that this has been done.
HT Irving 5 June
TFE 5 June
CF 6
N 7
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Elliot to Hamilton, 14 June 1861, advising that Douglas had been instructed to furnish particulars for the bills in question and for all bills drawn in future.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 59, 12 June 1861, forwarding the letter from the Treasury and instructing him to furnish particulars of the services for which you have hitherto drawn Bills on the Paymaster General, and for the future to specify the service upon the bills themselves.