No. 10
Downing Street,
2 September 1858
I transmit an Extract of a letter received through Her Majesty's Minister at Washington from Dr P.M. O'Brien Port Physician at Port Townsend stating that Miners proceeding up the River to British Columbia are compelled to purchase their tools from the Hudson's Bay Company though previously provided with such articles.
I have to instruct you to report to me whether this statement is founded on fact, and to furnish me with any information whichyouManuscript image you may have it in your power to give on the subject.
In the meanwhile should there be any truth in this alleged compulsory proceeding of the Hudson Bay Company I feel it incumbent on me to desire its immediate discontinuance.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
Humble Servant
E B Lytton
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Douglas, James

Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer

O'Brien, P. M.

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Hudson's Bay Company

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British Columbia

Port Townsend

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