Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
9 November 1858
I am directed by the Earl of Malmesbury to transmit to you, for the information of Secretary Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, a copy of a despatch from the acting British Consul at Panama, reporting the arrival at that place of the detachment of Royal Engineers, referred to in your letter of the 25th of August last, 1 and their subsequent departure for San Francisco on their way to BritishColumbiaManuscript image Columbia.
I am etc.
E. Hammond
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Charles Bidwell to Malmesbury, No. 41, 5 October 1858, reporting the arrival of Captain Parsons and his detachment on 25 September and their departure for San Francisco via the John L. Stephens. 2 on 1 November.
  1. = M-FO, 25 Aug 58, REs en route to BC FIND Mer - FO, 25 Aug 58, REs en route to BC
  2. Built in New York for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company in 1852, the John L. Stephens, 275' long and 2183 tons, was named for one of founders of the Panama Rail-Road ?? Company and placed on the Panama to San Francisco run, arriving in San Francisco on 3 April 1852. She remained in this service until October 1860. In 1864 she ran between San Francisco and the Columbia River. In 1878, she was sold in San Francisco to Sisson, Wallace and Company, who sent her to Karluk, Alaska, as a floating cannery. It was retired and broken up in 1879. Kemble, The Panama Route, 1848-1869, p. 233.
People in this document

Bidwell, Charles Toll

Carnarvon, Earl

Elliot, Thomas Frederick

Hammond, Edmund

Jadis, Vane

Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer

Malmesbury, James, Howard

Merivale, Herman

Parsons, Robert Mann

Organizations in this document

Foreign Office

Vessels in this document

John L. Stephens, 1852-1879

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British Columbia

Columbia River

New York


San Francisco