Booth to Under-Secretary of State
Board of Trade, Whitehall
7th April 1864
I am directed by the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 1st Instant transmitting copies of two Despatches from the Governor of Vancouvers Island enclosing lists of Stores required for the Lighthouses at Race Rocks and Fisgard Island, and requesting to be informed whether my Lords think it desirable that the Colonial Agents General should be authorized to procure and send out these Stores as proposed by the Governor.
In reply I am to state to you for the information of the Secretary ofStateManuscript image State for the Colonies that the course hitherto adopted for the supply of Stores required for the Lighthouses in Vancouvers Island has been for the Board of Trade to procure the stores and send them out to the Colony, the expenses incurred being repaid by the Colonial Office.
In the present case my Lords think it would be desirable that the same course should be pursued and if the Secretary of State for the Colonies concurs in that opinion, they will cause the Stores to be procured and sent out to the Colony on the understanding that the expenses incurred by the Board of Trade will be repaid by the Colonial Office.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient Servant
James Booth
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
As the Board of Trade does not object to the trouble I think we shd let that Dt execute the order of the Colonial Govt, & inform the Board that the Crown Agents will be instructed to reimburse the expenditure.
ABd 8 Apl
Certainly. Tell the Bd of Trade, & the Governor also. Drafts.
TFE 8/4
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Elliot to Booth, 16 April 1864, asking that the necessary stores be procured and forwarded to the colony and advising that the Crown Agents would be instructed to reimburse the Board of Trade for any expenses incurred.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 1, 15 April 1864.