No. 13, Financial
14th April 1864
My Lord Duke,
Referring to my Despatch marked "Separate" and dated 14th April, by this Mail, I have the honor to acquaint you that after being compelled to reside for three weeks in a comfortless Hotel, I have at length succeeded in obtaining a small House at a Rental of 150 dollars per month, the owner being about to proceed to England. I could not obtain any other house into which I could possibly put my family, and I have therefore taken it for eleven months, being the shortest period for which the owner would let it.
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2. Your Grace will not probably think this Rent unreasonable when I inform you that my Board and Lodging alone, of the plainest, and least commodious description, has cost me more than 200 dollars per week—a heavy tax in addition to other serious and unforeseen expenses which were never contemplated by Your Grace or myself.
3. There is at present an unexpended Balance of £5,423.— accruing from Crown Revenue in the Treasurer's hands, and I propose to charge the Rent of a temporary residence for the Governor against this fund, subject to Your Grace's approval. It will be for Your Grace to decide whether I may be reimbursed from the same source fortheManuscript image the serious outlay I have incurred for want of a House up to this time.
4. I enter upon the occupation of my temporary residence on the 16th Instant.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Graces very obedient
humble Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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See 5470.
Mr Elliot
I think it wd be no more than fair and right to authorize the Governor to reimburse himself all his expre on acct of house rent, & to sanction the hire of the house which he has engaged for 11 months. But it must come out of the Crown revenue, which at present has only to bear the Govrs salary & the salary of the Col. Secy amounting together to £3600—so there will be an ample margin to pay this rent.
ABd 13-6
TFE 14/6
I would sanction the payment of House rent—and also of the Govrs Hotel expenses out of the Crown Fund.
CF 15