No. 58
22nd August 1864
I have the honor to acquaint you that I have this day received and accepted the resignation of Mr G.H. Cary as Attorney General of this Colony.
This has arisen out of certain pecuniary transactions which the immediate departure of the Mail precludes me from entering uponinasmuchManuscript image inasmuch as Mr Cary's accounts with the government are not yet adjusted.
I will report fully by next Mail.
I have the honor to be
Your very obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Acke. rect and say that Mr Cardwell will take prompt measures for replacing Mr Cary?
The salary of the Attorney General is £300 a year with private practice.
ABd 15 Oct.
Mr Blackwood
Where is the salary derived? Annual vote?
FR 15/10
The salary of the Attorney Genl like that of certain other chiefManuscript image officials is annually voted by the Legre but that vote is accompanied by the proviso usually introduced into the appropriation Act that the salary is not to be paid until the Land fund has been transferred to the Legre. I infer, therefore, that this Officer's salary, pending the desired transfer, has been paid out of the Land fund.
£300 a year is proposed by this Office for the Atty General in the Civil List Act—which we hope will shortly be passed.
ABd 17 Octr
Mr Blackwood
I would merely acknowledge. It is impossible to obtain the service of an adequate person for an uncertain £300 a year. Draft at [once] & then Mr Elliot will [see] the draft & have an opportunity of observing on it.
FR 17/10
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Attorney General George Hunter Cary to Acting Colonial Secretary, 20 August 1864, resigning his office, for the stated reason that he cannot "at present efficiently perform the duties of my office whilst conducting my private practice and the management of my private affairs."
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 47, 20 October 1864.