EXTRACT FROM LETTER FROM GOVERNOR HAMILTON TO R. WILMOT.
COLONIAL OFFICE RECORDS 194/66.
No. 6 Foley Place,
Called on by you to make my observations on the accusations in an anonymous pamphlet written with all the rancour and malice of personal enmity.
The Admiral has always been appointed Receiver of the Greenwich Hospital Dues and is entitled to 7½ per cent., but these perquisites have always been given to the Secretary. A difference of opinion has lately existed respecting the liability of those boats now in general use at Newfoundland, but these dues have been paid for nearly a century and I am not aware that the objections made are valid. But if the collection from such boats is illegal, either the question ought to be tried, or the dues relinquished. The statement with regard to the surrogates being collectors of Greenwich Hospital Duty is untrue, with one only exception, that only of the officer employed on the coast of Labrador, for in all districts of Newfoundland there are resident collectors wholly unconnected with the Navy, and they all have the Acts of Parliament and opinion of His Majesty's law officer for their guidance.
None of the Commanders of the Men of War have anything to do with the Collection of the Duty, except the one employed on the Coast of Labrador, where there is no resident Collector, and the amount generally received on that Station is from £20 to £30 the percentage on which is usually given to the Clerk for the trouble of keeping the accounts.
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ROBT. WILMOT, Esq.
Under Secretary of State, etc.