6039. Mis-cellanenous.
Queen Charlottes Island
[...]
H.B.C
 
Foreign Office
July 12, 1851.
Sir,
I am directed by Viscount Palmerston to transmit to you, for the information of Earl Grey an Extract of a letter from Her Majesty's Consul General at the Sandwich Islands, reporting the existence of Gold at Queens Charlottes Island. ⎯ 
I am Sir,
Your most Obedient
Humble Servant
HU Addington
Herman Merivale Esqr
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Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale
As Queen Charlotte's Island is not within the limits of the Hudson's Bay Co Territory I suppose a copy of this Letter & of the Enclosure [...] need not be communicated to them?. 
ABd
14/7.
HM
Jy 14
Jy 15
I should infer that the H.B.Cy were aware of it. It is not altogether new information I think? 
BH
G.
15
Put by. 
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Miller to Foreign Office, 17 April 1851, extract of letter, reporting that the master of the Mary Dare had seen a gold at Haida Gwaii, where "somewhat fierce" people resided, and were planning to dispatch two vessels to investigate the matter. 
 
Footnotes
  1. No signature given, though the author is likely Grey.
Public Offices document:
Addington to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary), 12 July 1851, National Archives of the UK, 6039, CO 305/3. 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=V515FO01.scx. Accessed 18 November 2017. 

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