No. 35
14th June 1864
Sir,
I have the honor to transmit certain papers relative to the defalcations of Mr G.T. Gordon late Treasurer of this Colony.
It would have been more satisfactory to me if this case had been finally closed by my Predecessor and it is I think very inexpedient that it should be longer left open.
You will observe that I brought the matter under the notice of my Executive Council who decided uponforegoingManuscript image foregoing any further proceedings for the recovery of the amount of Gordon's defalcations from his sureties.
On a full consideration of all the information I have been able to obtain, I concur in this decision, and have therefore directed the amount to be written off the public accounts as irrecoverable.
I have the honor to be
Sir
Your very obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Governor
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Put by till the arrival of the original Desp: with the enclosures.
VJ 8 Aug.
Mr Jadis
Yes.
FR 8/7 [8/8]
The enclosures are now annexed. The defalcation amountsManuscript image to £1121.5.3. In the opinion of the Attorney General the sum cannot be recovered from the Sureties; there appears therefore to be no other course open than to submit to the loss, as resolved by the Council. The Govr has recently appointed Mr Ker to act as Auditor.
VJ 13 Aug
Draft answer accordingly.
TFE 15/8
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, George Hunter Cary, Attorney General, to Acting Colonial Secretary, 3 June 1864, reporting on the likelihood of the amount of the defalcation being recovered from Gordon's sureties.
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Statements of account and declarations relative to the defalcation, mostly dated March 1862 (two pages).
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Extract of the minutes of the Executive Council, 6 June 1864, relating Council's decision to abandon further attempts to recover the loss.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 33, 24 August 1864.
Kennedy, Arthur to Cardwell, Edward 14 June 1864, CO 305:22, no. 7396, 286. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V64135.html.

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