No. 55, Separate
17th July 1865
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Separate Despatch dated 18th February 1865 enclosing a Commission "for the formal appointment of D. Cameron Esqre to the office of Judge of the Vice Admiralty Court."
This Commission is erroneously made out in the name of "DanielCameronManuscript image Cameron," whereas the name of the Chief Justice of this Colony is "David Cameron."
I transmitted the Commission to His Honor on the 10th May 1865 calling his attention to the error in the name, but having received no communication from him on the subject I presume he is of opinion that the error does not invalidate the Commission.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
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Sir F. Rogers
The name of "David" was properly given to the Admiralty in Our Letter of the 24 Jany 1865 but the Admiralty appear to have substituted a wrong name and the question now is whether a valid appointment of a Judge of the V.A.Manuscript image Court at Vancouver Island has really been made in the first instance. I wrote privately to Mr Rothery on the subject and you will see what he says in reply. He appears to think that it is unnecessary to issue any fresh appointment.
GG 18 Sepr
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I shd put by.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Henry Wakeford, Acting Colonial Secretary, to Chief Justice, 10 May 1865, forwarding the commission and calling his attention to the error made with regard to his name.
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H.C. Rochery, Admiralty Registry, to Gairdner, 16 September 1865, advising that as Cameron was being replaced, it would appear unnecessary that any action be taken in the matter.