Howard to Newcastle
1 Whitehall Place
12 April 1862
Having lately read [a] Report to the French Govt from the Timber Inspector [in] Cherbourg Dock Yards [in] which he speaks highly of the qualities of the Vancouver Douglas Fir for Shipbuilding purposes I think it would be advisable to plant such portions of the Royal Forests with it as are not well suited for growing [one word off microfilm]. It is quite hardy which the Desdara is not, as the latter, with every precaution taken in rearing & planting out in the Forests will not stand our severe spring frosts.  
I should be much obliged to you if you could assist me in obtaining a supply of the Douglas Fir Seed through the Governor of Vancouver. If he could send me half a hundred weibht by next spring & continue to send the same quantity for sowing each succeeding spring for [a] few years to come it would enable us to raise a sufficient supply of plants for stocking the Forests.  
Of course this Dt will defray any Expenses that may [be] incurred in collecting & transmitting the Seed which should be ordered home viâ Panama to avoid the long sea voyage.  
Yours truly
James K. Howard
[Woods and Forests]
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Blackwood
This will have to go by todays mail & be signed by Sir FR.  
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft reply, Rogers to Douglas, No. 94, 16 April 1862.  
  • Mr Elliot
    For today's mail.  
    Prepare dt.  
    The Duke has directed through Mr Engleheart that the letter shd go to day & [be] signed by the U.S. of State.  
Public Offices document:
Howard to Newcastle, 12 April 1862, National Archives of the UK, 4058, CO 305/19. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 18 June 2018. 

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