Lansing, Starr & Co. to Lytton
74 King Wm St
Sepr 17, 1858

Lansing Starr & Co. present their compliments to Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton and beg through him to invite the attention of Her Majesty's Government to their new important through transit route to the new Colony of British Columbia as set forth in the enclosed circulars. They would respectfully suggest to Sir E.B. Lytton that the line they represent is the only route under present circumstances by which either passengers or freight can depend on any certainty of transit to Vancouver or Frazer River without the risk of detention on the way.
Should Lansing Starr & Co be honored with the confidence of Her Majesty's Government for the transmission of any of Her Majesty's Privates or Officers, or of freight or Government dispatches to the Colony in question they can offer the most satisfactory assurances for their prompt and safe arrival at destination.
[No signature]

To Sir E.B. Lytton
Secretary of State for the Colonies &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Acke receipt.
ABd 22 Sepr
HM S 22
Annex draft.
C S 23
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Printed circular describing the sailing dates and cost of through fares from England to San Francisco, Victoria and Fraser River, dated 10 September 1858.
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Newspaper clipping, unnamed, no date, describing the advantages of proceeding to the gold fields on a through fare and providing details of the sailing dates and cost available through Lansing, Starr and Co.
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Printed circular describing the passenger accommodation, freight charges, and route travelled for those proceeding to the Pacific coast.
Other documents included in the file
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Colonial Office to Lansing, Starr & Co., 30 September 1858, acknowledging receipt of their letter.