Phinn to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Admiralty
25 Feb'y 1856
Sir,
Having laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your letter of the 23d Instant, with its inclosures, relative to the defenceless state of Vancouver's Island, & suggesting the expediency of stationing a Ship of war there; I am commanded by my Lords to acquaint you, for
the
the information of Mr Secretary Labouchere, that the President Frigate was some time ago despatched by the Commander in Chief in the Pacific to Vancouver's Island, & that his attention has been already called to the danger in which the British settlements at that Island may be placed. My Lords would suggest, however, that measures for providing some defences
on
on shore & some armed force on the Island should be taken, as it is impossible for any naval force to undertake the whole protection of that large Island.  
I am sir,
Your most obedient humnble servant
Thos. Phinn

Herman Merivale Esqre
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale
This will, I presume, be regarded as sufficient; the reports from the Governor down to the end of Decr giving a more satisfactory account of affairs in the Settlement.  
ABd
27/F
Communicate to the HBC. But there can be no doubt the safety of
the little British settlement here depends wholly on the firmness and discretion of the Governor's conduct toward the Indians; military defence there is none.  
HM
F 27
JB
28 F
HL
28
 
Public Offices document:
Phinn to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary), 25 February 1856, National Archives of the UK, 1862, CO 305/7. 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=V565AD01.scx. Accessed 24 September 2018. 

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