No. 47
1st July 1865
Sir,
I have the honor to enclose a letter from Mr Henry Wakeford which explains itself, in reference to your Despatches named in the margin.
No 4, 24th January 1865.
No 10, 25th February 1865.
The Legislative Assembly having made provision for a Private Secretary at the rate of £350 per annum I have, subject to yourapprovalManuscript image approval, offered, and Mr Wakeford has accepted that office.
The Assembly have also voted the sum of $1200 for the salary of an Auditor for 1865, and it being wholly impossible to procure the services of a competent or reliable officer for that sum I have appointed Mr Wakeford to perform the duties of that office in addition to those of Private Secretary drawing salary at the rate of $1200 per annum from date of appointment.
There is nothing incompatible that I am aware of in these jointofficesManuscript image offices, and the joint salary is the minimum upon which a public officer can maintain a family in this Colony where the cost of living is so very high.
Mr Wakeford has discharged the duties of Colonial Secretary during Mr Young's absence with great industry and ability and has rendered me important assistance in the Government of the Colony.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Governor
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Mr Elliot
It will make things more comfortable for Governor Kennedy if he be allowed to have Mr Wakeford as his Private Secretary. A good Auditor will also be advantageous for the public interests. I am aware of no local Act granting the Salaries of these situations permanently. I suppose they are provided for in the Appropriation Act for this year, which has not reached us. Mr Wakeford has probably well considered the prudence of relinquishing a fixed office in Australia for places the Emoluments of which are dependent on the pleasure of such a Ho: of C. as there is in V.C. Island.
I pass this to Mr Cox with reference to the Australian Magistrary now vacant.
ABd 31 Augt
Mr Elliot
Inform GovernorManuscript image Hampton of Mr Wakefords resignation of his appointment of Police Magistrate at Perth with reference to Mr Cardwells dispatch No 23 of the 25th of Feby last. The Salary of the appointment is £360 per annum & I presume that the Governor will be allowed to select Mr Wakefords successor. It will be necessary to inform the Agents with reference to the letter respecting the continuance of the payment of Mr Wakefords half salary whichManuscript image was addressed to them on the 1st of June last. By that letter they were authorized to Continue the issue of the half salary to the 14th of June last. Mr Wakefords resignation (I am assuming that he is confirmed in his new appointment) is dated the 26th of June so that they will have to be authorized to pay Mr Wakefords half salary on account of his office of Police Magistrate for the additional twelve days.
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Mr Cardwell
So far as regards Mr Wakeford the course appears to me plain. I should confirm his appointment to the offices both of Private Secretary & of Auditor and should inform Governor Hampton that this has been done, and that the appointment of Police Magistrate at Perth in consequence becomes vacant.
A second question is the filling up of that Office in Western Australia. The salary is £360. When Mr Wakeford went on leave, Governor Hampton reported that with a view to establishing on a sound legal footing the business of the Small Debt Court, he had appointed Mr Leake the Crown Solicitor to be acting Police Magistrate. I infer from this that legal attainments are desirable. It will be for you to determine whether to leave the appointment to the Governor or send out some one from home.
TFE 1 Sepr
Confirm Mr Wakeford's appts.
I should like Mr Parker to see to the question as regards W.A. I believe he has Papers about it.
EC 2 Sep
See application from Mr Landor, with testimonials from Ch. Justice Burt, & the Bp of Perth.
CSP 5
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Mr Dealtry
Mr Cardwell has written privately to consult the Governor on the appointment of Mr Landor. If the vacancy has not been officially announced to him it wd be well to do so by this mail.
CSP 20 Dec
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Henry Wakeford to Kennedy, 26 June 1865, asking that his thanks be conveyed to the Secretary of State for considerations granted regarding his his recent absence from Western Australia, and resigning his office of Police Magistrate in that colony.
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E.W. Landor to Cardwell, 24 September 1864, citing his qualifications as a barrister and asking to be considered for the post of Police Magistrate should Wakeford not return to Western Australia, testimonials enclosed.
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E.W. Landor applies for Police Magistracy at Perth when a vacancy
occurs, or other employment.
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Ansd 9 Jan. Mr Wakeford has not yet resigned.
[WD]
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A.B. Burt, Chief Justice of Western Australia, to Landor, 22 September 1864, testifying to his "talent & honorable bearing" and expressing a hope that he will achieve an appointment in the colony or "some more promising place."
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Matthew B. Hale, Bishop of Perth, to Landor, 19 September 1864, testifying to "the fact of your being a Barrister here of the highest respectability and a person of unimpeachable reputation in every way."
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 45, 8 September 1865.
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Papers given to Mr Parker5th Sepr.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, Separate, 16 October 1865.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Hampton, Western Australia, No. 151, 26 December 1865, advising Wakeford had resigned his post in the colony.
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See Mr Parkers minute 8403 V. Island.
If these drafts are approved Governor Kennedy should be requested to inform Mr Wakeford of the decision with regard to his pay as Police Magistrate.
TFE 26/12
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Elliot to Crown Agents, 29 December 1865, advising that Wakeford had resigned his appointment in Western Australia and instructing them to continue his half salary as Police Magistrate up to 26 June 1865.
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Mr Elliot
Mr Wakefords leave expired on the 14th of June last but under the circs of the case I presume he will be allowed to draw half Salary to the date of his resignation.
Kennedy, Arthur to Cardwell, Edward 1 July 1865, CO 305:26, no. 8403, 4. 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/V65047.html.

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