6637. Vancouver's Island.
Hudsons Bay house
London
July 28th 1849
My Lord
Governor Blanshard is desirous of going by the Mail to Chagres, and thence across the Isthmus to Panama, being anxious to see, and make himself master of, the route which may ultimately be that by which Settlers may go from this country; — and not only for this
To Admiralty 4 Augt/49
Ansd 4 Answered 20 Augt/49 
purpose, which I think a very useful one, but also that he may arrive at Vancouvers Island at an earlier period than he could do by going in a Ship from here round the Horn; — provided he be forwarded from Panama by one of Her Majesty's vessels on the Pacific Station, some of which, I understand, are constantly at that place to receive the letters from England, and the Squadron has frequent communication with Vancouver Island. I have therefore
to
to request that Your Lordship will move the Board of Admiralty to give directions for Governor Blanshard's being received on board one of Her Majesty's Ships at Panama, and conveyed to his destination. 
I have the honor to be
My Lord
Your Lordships most obedient
humble Servant
J.H. Pelly
The R Honble Earl Grey
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale_
Request the Admiralty to give the necessary directions?  
VJ
30 July
Jy 30
BH.
if they can do so without inconvenience to the public service. _  
G.
31
Other documents included in the file
  • Colonial Office to Hamilton, Admiralty, 4 August 1849, forwarding copy of letter and recommending compliance with its request. 
  • Colonial Office to Pelly, 20 August 1849, advising that the Admiralty had given instructions to have one of their ships meet Blanshard at Panama, and convey him to Vancouver Island.  
 
Footnotes
  1. This addressee information appears at the foot of the first page of the despatch.
Public Offices document:
Pelly to Grey, 28 July 1849, National Archives of the UK, 6637, CO 305/2. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=V495HB05.scx. Accessed 21 November 2017. 

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