Peel to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
6 August 1862
With reference to your letter of the 14th June last, I am directed by the Lords Commissoners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit herewith copy of a Report from the Commissioners of Audit—No 289 of 28 July 1862—together with Copy of a letter from Lieut Col Hawkins RE, HM Commissioner for the North Western Boundary, on the subjectofManuscript image of an advance of £200 made to him by the Treasurer of British Columbia in August 1859 on account of the expenses of his journey to England on the occasion of the seizure of the Island of San Juan by the United States—and I am to request that you will state to the Duke of Newcastle that it appears to their Lordships that this expense should be considered as a Civil charge connected with the occupation of San Juan.
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If His Grace concurs in this opinion their Lordships would suggest that provision should be made for the amount in the same manner as it has been proposed to provide for other Civil Expenditure connected with San Juan—which formed the subject of the correspondence noted in the margin,
Treasury letter of 5 June/62
Colonial Office letter of 14 June/62
viz in the Parliamentary estimate for British Columbia for the year 1863/41863/4.
I am Sir
Your obedient Servant
F. Peel
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Express concurrence? Mr Elliot should see these Papers on his return in order that he may be aware of this additional item to be inserted in the B. Columbia Estimate next year?
VJ 7 Augt
At once.
FR 7/8
Other documents included in the file
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Rogers to Hamilton, Treasury, 14 August 1862, advising that the £200 expenditure should be considered a civil charge to be provided for in the Parliamentary Estimate for the year 1863/64.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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E. Romilly and R.V. Davis, Audit Office, to Treasury, 28 July 1862, discussing the £200 expenditure and advising that as it concerned the San Juan Island dispute, it should most likely be considered a civil expenditure.
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Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins, Boundary Commission, to Secretary of State for War, 19 May 1862, providing a full explanation of the circumstances which required him to receive an advance of £200 from colonial funds.