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RETURN To an Order of the House for all letters, correspondence, and telegrams, between the Government,… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. 1884

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 47 Vic. Correspondence—W. Livingstone. 385
RETURN
To an Order of the House for all letters, correspondence, and telegrams, between
the Government, or any member thereof, and W. Livingstone, or any other
person, in relation to his removal to Lillooet or his dismissal from office.
By Command.
mo. robsost,
Provincial Secretary's Office, Provincial Secretary.
13th February, 1884.
The Honourable the Provincial Secretary to F. Soues, Esq., Government Agent, Clinton.
Victoria, B. C,
12th July, 1883.
Sir,—You will instruct Mr. Livingstone that henceforth the town of Lillooet will be the
place at which he will usually reside and discharge the duties of Constable and Mining
Recorder.
You will also inform Mr. Livingstone that the Government expects the vigorous performance of the duties of Assessor and Collector with which he is entrusted.
There is reason to believe that considerable numbers of Chinese, living upon the river,
escape payment of taxes. Mr. Livingstone should at least once a year go up and down the
river on both sides, within the Lillooet District, for the purpose of collecting taxes from these
people.
The Government is aware that taxes are collected from travelling Chinese passing the
town of Clinton, and that hitherto Mr. Livingstone has been attending to such duty. I have
to request that you will be good enough in future to do what you can to obtain from these
itinerants payment of their taxes.
I have, &c,
(Signed)       Jno. Robson,
Provincial Secretary.
F, Soues, Esq., Government Agent, to the Honourable the Provincial Secretary.
Clinton, B. C,
17th July, 1883.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th instant,
with instructions relative to Mr. Livingstone, which I have communicated to him.
I have also to acknowledge receipt of your request that I will in future collect Provincial
Revenue Tax from itinerant Chinese and others passing this point, and have applied to
Treasury Department for a book of tax receipt forms.
1 have, (fee,
(Signed)       F. Soues,
Government Agent,
[Telegram.]
F. Soues, Esq., Clinton. Victoria, 13th Sept., 1883.
Livingstone must comply at once with instructions to go to Lillooet conveyed previously
in Provincial Secretary's letter.
(Signed)        Alex. E. B. Davie,
A ttorney-General, [Telegram.]
Victoria, 21st Novr., 1883.
F. Soues, Clinton.
Livingstone must go to Lillooet immediately as previously instructed.
(Signed)        Jno. Robson,
[Telegram.]
F. Soues, Clinton. Victoria, 22nd Deer., 1883.
Livingstone must take up his residence at Lillooet immediately as previously instructed.
(Signed)        Jno. Robson.
F.  Soues, Esq., Government Agent, to the Honourable the Provincial Secretary.
Clinton, B. C,
24th December, 1883.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of the 22nd instant,
and have informed Mr. Livingstone of the instructions therein contained.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        F. Soues,
Government Agent.
[Telegram.]
Victoria, 31st Deer., 1883.
F. Soues, Clinton.
Is Livingstone carrying out instructions by taking up his residenoe at Lillooet'?
(Signed)        Jno. Robson.
[Telegram.]
To John Robson. Clinton, 3rd January, 1884.
Livingstone has not followed out instructions by changing his residence.
(Signed)        F. Soues.
The Honourable the Provincial Secretary to F. Soues, Esq., Government Agent.
Victoria, B. C,
7th January, 1884.
Sir,—Last year it was decided that the interests of the public service would be better
promoted by Mr. Livingstone making Lillooet his head-quarters, and his salary was increased
in consequence of the change.
It now appears that, after much delay and repeated instructions, Mr. Livingstone refuses
to take up his residence at Lillooet. There seems, therefore, to be no course open to the
Government but to dispense with the further services of that officer, and I have now to direct
that you will inform him that his appointment is cancelled.
J have, &c,
(Signed)        Jno. Robson,
Provincial Secretary,
[Telegram.]
F. Soues, Clinton, Victoria, 26th January, 1884.
You are hereby directed to take over any Government property in Livingstone's possession.
(Signed)        Jno. Robson.

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