Burke, Thomas
In 1862, Burke was mistakenly given passage from Vancouver Island to Queenstown, Ireland at the expense of the British Government.1 Justice of the Peace Edward Stamp awarded him passage believing it customary for a distressed British subject, such as Burke, to be granted passage home.2 As this custom only applied to distressed British soldiers, Stamp had substituted subject in for “soldier” on the official document.3 Requesting that Stamp be informed of his error, the British Government paid for Burke’s passage; Stamp had left his position prior to Newcastle's reply, however, Douglas informed Stamp’s successor of the mistake.4
Mentions of this person in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. Burke, Thomas. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/burke_t.html.

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