No. 133
11 April 1859
I have duly received your Despatch of the 29th January last No 11, transmitting for my information copy of an extract from a letter dated 27th November 1858 from Rear Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, reporting the sailing from Hong Kong of Her Majesty's Ship TribuneManuscript imageTribune with 7 Officers and l60 non commissioned Officers and Privates of the Royal Marines for service of British Columbia, and I have the honor to acquaint you that the Tribune arrived at Esquimalt with the above mentioned force on the 13th February last, as already reported in my Despatch, Vancouver's Island No 7 of the 19th of that month.
2. It being desirable for many reasons, to be explained more fully hereafter, that this Force should not be detained longer inactive at this place when it could be most usefullyManuscript imageusefully employed in British Columbia, I have made arrangements with the Senior Naval Officer for its removal to Queensborough, to which place it will proceed in the course of a few days.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
I don't think the Admiralty will like these Marines being sent up the Country, though the Board ought to know that we pressed for the assistance of this Force for Land purposes.
Copy to Admiralty?
ABd 28/5
HM May 31
C June 1
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Draft, Merivale to Secretary to the Admiralty, 8 June 1859, forwarding copy of despatch for information.