Draft Resolution for the Colonial Church Committee
 

That as it is desirable that the plan of this Committee for British Columbia should be rendered as generally useful as possible, and as it appears that no regular Military Chaplain has been appointed; and as Her Majesty's Chief Commissioner for Lands and Works, also in command of the Military Department, has expressed his readiness to concur in such an arrangement, provided it met with the sanction of the Colonial & War Departments of Her Majesty's Government:
Resolved I—That one of the Clergymen proposed to be sent out by this Committee, be, if the Government approve of it, specially attached to Colonel Moody & the Military Department; that his salary (£300 a year) be defrayed by this Committee, with such further assistance as the Government may be disposed to accord.
Resolved II—That, if this can be arranged, the Clergyman for that post be sent out as quick as possible without waiting for a second one; that his positive engagement be only for two years, with a view to his coming home at the end of that period to make a full personal report on the moral & religious state of the Colony, leaving it an open question whether he himself should be expected to return there permanently, or, not.
Resolved III—That communication be openedwithManuscript image with the leading Christian people in New York, expressing our desire to cooperate with them in every way for the benefit of the large mixed population which is rapidly gathering in the Colony.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Ack: rect of this communication from Coll Moody. 1. Inform the Col: Church Committee that Sir. E. Lytton is gratified at learning the intention of the Cee to send out a Clergyman to B. Columbia: but that it must be left to the Governor & the local Authorities to determine whetherManuscript image any pecuniary grant can be made to him. State that with respect to the Colonial Ch: Cee Clergymen being attached to the R. Engineers though the S. of S for the Colonies would offer no objection to such an arrangement the proposal is one which must be submitted to & must obtain the sanction of the War Office.
ABd 15 Sepr
HM S 15
At the same time it sd be added very distinctly that the fact of being attached to the R.E.—if the proposal is entertained by the W.O.—must not be held to confer any claim or title on a future occasion either to employment or pension or compensation. The clergyman in question will be attached not at our wish or at the request of the W.O. but to place him in an easier position in the Colony as regards himself.
As regards the other facilities wh the Col. Ch. Society request may be extended to him what they wish is a free passage to the Colony as in the case of the S.P.G. Clergyman whomManuscript image we have promised to send out by the 'Thames City'. If there are two ships conveying the troop—as I suppose there will be—and if the Engineers are divided into two detachments—one to sail by each ship—the S.P.G. Missionary might go by the 'Thames City', & the Col. Ch. S. missionary might go by the other. But if all the troops are to be sent in one ship I do not think that the two clergymen sd go by the same vessel?
HM S 15
This need not be mentioned at present until we know what is the division of men & stores agreed upon.
C S 15
Write as proposed with the contents suggested in Lord C's Minute.
EBL Sep 18
Moody, Richard Clement to Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer 1858, CO 60:2, no. 9832, 156. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B585MI06.html.

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