No. 12
3 November 1858
I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your Despatch No 5 of the 2nd September 1858, forwarding to me copies of a correspondence between the Colonial Office and the Board of Admiralty, of the dates as per margin, on the subject of affording Naval assistance to British Columbia. 1
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2. I glean from this correspondence the just appreciation you have formed of the importance of the Service referred to, and I feel truly grateful for the great interest Her Majesty's Government have taken in the protection and advancement of British Columbia, as is evidenced by the nature of the instructions which this correspondence has caused to be given to the Commander in Chief of Her Majesty's Naval Forces in the Pacific.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Governor of Vancouver's Island
and of British Columbia
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Put by.
VJ 17 Jan
C Jany 18
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