No. 11
15th February 1866
I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter addressed to me by Lieutenant Philip J. Hankin R.N. which explains itself.
Mr Hankin is a very intelligent active officer and it would be impossible for me to replacehimManuscript image him by any trustworthy person at the very inadequate salary voted by the Legislative Assembly.
I have induced Mr Hankin to retain his office as head of the Police in the hope of his position being improved in this respect. The salary voted for the office Mr Hankin holds is $1200 only—little more than double the wages which a common labouring man receives in this Colony where all the necessaries of life areenormouslyManuscript image enormously high.
I may remark that Mr Hankin is especially useful in dealing with the Indian population.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Ask the Admy to prolong this Officers leave.
ABd 16 Apl
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TFE 16/4
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Hankin to Colonial Secretary, 8 February 1866, suggesting that the Admiralty be asked to grant him a further year's leave of absence to enable him to continue his employment as Superintendent of Police.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 19 April 1866, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosure and supporting the request for an extension of Hankin's leave.