No. 62
31st August 1864
Sir
Referring to my Despatch No 58 dated 22nd August 1864 communicating the resignation of Mr G.H. Cary, Attorney General of this Colony, I deem it my duty to inform you that his resignation was tendered after some correspondence on the subject of his pecuniary transactions with Mr W. Culverwell, a broker and money lender a copy of whose letter I now transmit.
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I intimated to Mr Cary on the 19th August that the preliminary inquiries I had made rendered it imperative upon me to institute a more searching investigation as an Officer in his position must be freed from all suspicion of dishonour, or quit the Public Service.
On the day after this interview, the 20th August, Mr Cary sent in his resignation of which I enclose a copy.
As Mr Cary bases his resignation upon his inability to perform efficiently the duties of hisofficeManuscript image office, whilst conducting his private practice and the arrangement of his private affairs, I apprehend it is unnecessary for me to trouble you with a lengthy correspondence and numerous accounts and documents connected with his transactions with Mr Culverwell. I will merely add my opinion that it would have been very much for the advantage of the public service if Mr Cary had devoted himself to private practice and the arrangement of his private affairs at an earlierperiodManuscript image period.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your very obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Governor
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Acknowledge?
ABd 20 Oct.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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W. Culverwell to Kennedy, 1 August 1864, describing irregularities in his business dealings with Cary.
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Cary to Acting Colonial Secretary, 20 August 1864, tendering his resignation as Attorney General of the colony.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 52, 28 October 1864.
Kennedy, Arthur to Cardwell, Edward 31 August 1864, CO 305:12, no. 9626, 101. 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/V64162.html.

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