Hamilton to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
3 September 1861
With reference to your letter of the 21st ult. on the subject of two Bills of Exchange for £600 and £400 respectively drawn by command of the Governor of Vancouver's Island, I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to acquaint you for the information of the Duke of Newcastle that My Lords have authorized thepaymentManuscript image payment of these Bills (nos. 12 and 13) presuming them to be for further advances on account of the Marines at San Juan.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
I take it that in the absence of better infn Mr Pennell, & the T-y, considered that the £1000 for which the Treasurer of Van Couver Island drew Bills on the British T-y in the respective sums of £600, & £400 formed part of the £3000 advised by the Governor in 3650/61: but I judge from 7742/61 recd here on the 29 Augt that the bills now sanctioned are altogether distinct fromManuscript image the £3000 previously notified. I think that we have now only to tell the Governor that these two bills of £6 and 400 each have been paid: but I wd suggest that he be desired, at the same time to mention in his desphes to the S. of S. the number and dates of the bills which he has occasion to draw on the T-y, so that we may in future be better able to identify his Bills when the Treasury make enquiries of us. Perhaps it wd be well for me to see somebody at the T-y on this point before instructions are given in order that the two Depts may have a complete understanding on a matter concerning which we are often perplexed for want of adequate informn.
ABd 3 Sepr
I think so. The misunderstanding seems to have arisen from the fact that Govr D. sent of[f] his bills first & his advices afterwards. He shd be cautioned about this.
FR 4/8 [9]
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 71, 9 September 1861, advising him that two Bills nos. 12 & 13 drawn by the Treasurer of Vancouver Island had been paid, admonishing him for the considerable difficulty…experienced in identifying the bills, and instructing him to provide the Colonial Office with more information in the future.