February 1st 1869
I have the honor to Submit for the consideration of the Colonial Secretary some further explanations in Reference to My Communication of the 11th ??.
Previous to these communications I was not aware that it was the rule to obtain Special Authority for the Remuneration of persons employed in the Public Service, for overtime work. I therefore believed that I was quite justified in Remunerating my Computer and Meteorological Assistant for extra labour performed day after day, at the Very ?? rate of one Shilling an hour, net of Votes above granted by Parliament for Incidental?? work.
The Principal Under Secretary
[Unsigned but appears to be written in Smalley’s hand-writing]