No. 178
Government House Victoria
Vancouvers Island
4 July 1859
I have duly received Your Despatch No 40 of the 1st April, enclosing the Copy of a note from the Duc de Malakoff to Lord Malmesbury requesting informationManuscript imageinformation as to the fate of a French subject named Jean Baptiste Massenot supposed to have arrived at Victoria in June last, and I have the honor to acquaint you in reference thereto, that we have used every exertion to obtain the information desired.
2. I beg herewith to enclose the Copy of a letter, I have just receivedManuscript imagereceived from a Mr Thornton, a legal gentleman, who is conducting the enquiries in reference to M. Massenot and who has discovered some traces of him in the mining districts of Frasers River.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Copy to F.O. in answer to 3166?
HT Irving 27 Augt
At once.
HM Augt 27
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Colonial Office to E. Hammond, Foreign Office, 3 September 1859, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosure for information.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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W. Thornton to Douglas, 29 June 1859, reporting on the whereabouts of J.B. Massenot.