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PETITION. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1890

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 53 Vic.      Petition of Robert Dexter re Esquimalt Graving Dock. 187
PETITION.
To the  Honourable  the  Speaker  and  the Honourable Members of the Legislative
Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Parliament assembled:
The humble Petition of Robert Dexter, of the City of Victoria, British Columbia, sheweth :—
1. That on or about the 24th day of January, A. D. 1876, George Dayrell Reed and
John Langley Reed, of London, England, carrying on business as contractors under the firm
name of Reed Bros. & Co., entered into a contract with the Government of British Columbia
for the construction of a Cofferdam and Staging at Esquimalt, in the said Province, the said
Reed, Bros. & Co. binding themselves to complete the work on or before the 18th day of
October, A. D. 1876.
2. That Mr. C. E. Dawson, a duly accredited Agent of the said Reed Bros. & Co., arrived
in the Province of British Columbia in or about the month of March, A. D. 1876, and on or
about the 21st day of the same month entered into possession of the land necessary for the
construction of the said Cofferdam and Staging.
3. That your Petitioner is informed and verily believes that the said Mr. C. E. Dawson,
after his arrival at Esquimalt, obtained from the said Government of British Columbia an
extension of the time fixed for the completion of the said works, and such extension was
renewed from time to time on the recommendation of the Resident Engineer of the said works.
4. That on or about the first day of November, A. D. 1878, the said Mr. C. E. Dawson,
acting as such agent for the said Reed Bros. & Co., employed your petitioner as foreman of
the said works, at a salary of $150.00 per month, with a bonus of $500.00, payable on
completion of the said works.
5. That immediately after receiving such appointment your Petitioner proceeded to
Esquimalt and worked under the said agreement for nine months, being up to the 31st day of
July, A. D. 1879, for which work the said Reed Bros. &Co. became indebted to your Petitioner
in the sum of $1,350.00.
6. That your Petitioner received from the said Reed Bros. & Co., during the time he was
so employed, orders (which he sold and realized upon) amounting to $564.80, leaving a balance
due to him of $785.20, and this amount is still due and unpaid.
7. That on the third day of January, A. D. 1879, the Resident Engineer of the said works
issued a certificate of work completed amounting to $3,946.63, and on the 7th day of May,
1879, a further certificate of $3,974.49, but the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works
refused to countersign the said certificates, stating that the Government had decided to make
no further payments until the said works were completed.
8. That on or about the said 31st day of July, 1879, the Government of British Columbia
took possession of the said premises and works at Esquimalt and notified the said Reed Bros.
& Co. that they intended to finish the said works.
9. That on or about the 8th day of May, A. D. 1880, Her Majesty, by and with the advice
and consent of your Honourable Assembly, enacted (inter alia) as follows:—
"1. It shall be lawful for the Lieutenant-Governor in Council to waive the forfeitures for
failure to complete the work under Clause 66, Contract No. 1, Esquimalt Dock, and
to pay such amount as may then be due under the contract to the creditors in British
Columbia of Messrs. Reed Bros. & Co., London, out of the Consolidated Revenue
Fund of the Province. 188 Petition of Robert Dexter re Esquimalt Graying Dock. 1890
" 2. That the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works is hereby authorized to examine
into the accounts and claims of the creditors and to take evidence respecting the
same under oath.
" 3. This Act shall be void and of no effect in the event of the contractors, Messrs. Reed
Bros. & Co., refusing to accept the above waiver and payments in consequence
thereof as a settlement in full of their claims and demands, if any, against the
Government of British Columbia."
10. That, soon after the passing of the above Act your Petitioner obtained an interview
with the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and was informed by him that if there was
any balance coming to the said Reed Bros. & Co. the same would be paid to the creditors of
the said Reed Bros. & Co. in British Columbia.
11. That at the request of the said Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works your
Petitioner prepared a statement of his claim against the said Reed Bros. & Co., and was again
informed by the said Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, on handing him such statement,
that the money then in the hands of the Government would be paid to the said creditors in
British Columbia.
12. That your Petitioner, owing to the above statements of the said Chief Commissioner
of Lands and Works, took no steps to attach the balance due to the said Reed Bros. & Co. by
the said Government.
13. That your Petitioner is informed and verily believes that soon after he had so lodged
a statement of his claim with the said Commissioner of Lands and Works, the claims of several
British Columbia creditors (who had taken the same course as your Petitioner) were paid, and
the balance remaining in the hands of the Government was remitted to the said Reed Bros.
& Co. of London.
Your Petitioner, therefore, humbly prays that your Honourable Assembly will cause an
enquiry to be made into the allegations contained in the above Petition :
And your Petitioner, as in duty bound, will ever pray, etc.
ROBERT DEXTER.
18th February, 1890.
VICTORIA, B. C.:
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.

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