No. 37, Miscellaneous
10th June 1865
I have the honor to inform you that I have this day drawn Bills on Her Majesty's Paymaster General for One Thousand Pounds (£1000) to meet expenditure incurred by the Colony on account of the Royal Marines stationed at the Island of San Juan.
The state of the finances of the Colony as indicated by theenclosedManuscript image enclosed letter of the Treasurer will I trust be accepted as my excuse for drawing these Bills before the accounts are transmitted.
I will forward the accounts at the earliest period practicable.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
An objectionable precendent, I think: but refer to the Treasury recommending, under the circs, that the bill be accepted.
ABd 31 July
At once.
So proceed. It is a purely Imperial expense, for wh the Colony have advanced money. So the transaction is substantially right.
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FR 6/8
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Alexander Watson, Treasurer, to Acting Colonial Secretary, 10 June 1865, asking that the bills be confirmed prior to the accounts being forwarded in order to avoid prohibitive interest rates charged against overdrawn balances.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 9 August 1865, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosure and conveying Cardwell's recommendation that the bill be accepted and paid.