No. 154
Government House
Victoria Vancouver's Island
14 May 1859
By an unexpected conveyance which is on the eve of departure, I beg to communicate to you the latest intelligence I have received from British Columbia.
2. In a letter addressed to the Collector of Customs at Victoria byManuscript imageby a Mr G.B. Wright, a respectable Merchant, and dated at Bridge River, April 2nd, some specimens of native Copper, quartz and gold are enclosed, and Mr Wright states that the reports at that time from the upper Country are of very rich, but shallow diggings; that large quantities of gold were then being taken from the Wars, and that a great many of the sluicing companies who have permanent Diggings were commencing work, and also that men were continuingManuscript imagecontinuing to rush forward to the upper Fraser in large numbers.
3. I forward herewith the latest numbers of the Victoria Gazette.
12 & 14 May.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Acke with thanks for the information, & for availing himself of chance opportunities of communicating to H.M. Govt the most recent intelligence respecting a Country about which so much interest is felt at home?
ABd 27 June
HM June 27
N 28
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 5, 4 July 1859.