Willis to Under-Secretary of State
Somerset House, W.C.
30 December 1858
I beg to acquaint you with reference to my Letter of the 16th October 1 that the Non-commissioned Officer of the Royal Artillery, the Party of Royal Engineers and a civil Male Servant may embark on board the Freight Ship, "Euphrates" at Gravesend, for passage to British Columbia, on the 5th Proximo.
I have etc.
Wm Willis
for Comptroller of Transports
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
I annex draft & letters for Signature informing the War Office in order that the necessary intimation may be made to Officers & Men of the R. Engineers.
VJ 31 Dec
Papers should, as has been so very often said, [be] brought to me as rush—& not left with others on my table. I can now only take the chance of this being in time.
HM D 31
I sent the Papers down to Mr Merivale as "immediate" explaining to the Messenger that they were such. The letter to the W.O. is however in time & will be sent tonight.
VJ 31 Dec
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Draft, Merivale to Under-Secretary, War Office, 31 December 1858, relaying content of letter.
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Draft reply, Merivale to Douglas, No. 2, 6 January 1859.