Kennedy to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
J.U.S. Club
Charles Street
Decr 14/63
Referring to a letter received from Sir Fredk Rogers dated 16h Septr 1863, on the subject of a Government House at "Vancouver Island," I have now the honor to submit a plan and rough Estimates and to Solicit the General approval of His Grace the Duke of Newcastle with a view to save correspondence, and the delay consequent upon a reference Home.
I have had the aid, & advice, of Colonel Henderson Rl Engineers, in preparing the plan, which you will observe is as plain andManuscript image inexpensive as possible.
I am aware that it will be necessary to submit the plan & obtain the Approval of the Assembly, & a provision for the necessary outlay, before any further steps are taken.
I may add that Engineering Officers lately returned from the Colony have been consulted in framing the Estimate of Cost.
I have the honor to
be Sir Your Very obedient
humble Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Fortescue
I have examined the plans, and to the best of my judgment they appear reasonable and fit. I would recommend that a general approval of them should be expressed.
The object is you may perhaps remember that he should apply to his Assembly to vote the House, but that he should go out armed with these plans, as there would probably be a difficulty in finding anyone in the Colony by whom they could have been prepared in a satisfactory manner.
TFE 14 Decr
CF 15
N 15
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Estimate for the proposed residence providing a total of £5916, signed by George Bean, 45 Parliament Street.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Kennedy, 19 December 1863, conveying Newcastle's approval of the plans and estimate.