Moody to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
4 New St Spring Gardens
28th September 1858
I have the honor to state, it would be of very great advantage to the Service and a material saving in expense if the Secretary of State would be pleased to authorize Twelve Months more Rations being supplied from Admiralty Stores at Deptford at the same rate (in quantities) as before but substituting Flour entirely for Biscuit.
The above to be shipped on board the "Briseis" now in the London Docks.
I have the honor to be Sir
Your obedient humble Servant
R.C. Moody
Col. R.E.

Herman Merivale Esqe
Under Secy of State for War [the Colonies]
Minutes by CO staff
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Lord Carnarvon
There is no end to applications for this Force. It will be a great relief when it is gone. If it would really be a saving of expense to order 12 months more rations—which I can readily conceive will be the case—& if there is the room in the Briseis, I think itManuscript image would be good policy to say "yes" to this application & write accly to the War Office.
ABd 28 Sepr
It will I suppose swell our next years estimates but I agree that it will be advisable. Annex draft wh can then be passed by Sir E. Lytton.
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Draft, Colonial Office to War Department, 30 September 1858, recommending compliance with the suggestion.