No. 201
16 August 1859
I have the honor of transmitting for your information the Report of an overland journey of Survey in the Districts of British Columbia, bordering on the Thompson, Fraser, and Harrison RiversManuscript imageRivers, undertaken at my request by Captain Richards of Her Majesty's Ship Plumper, and conducted by Lieutenant Richard Mayne, of that Ship, who has performed the service on which he was detached with a degree of success and ability, creditable alike to the talents and enterprise of that useful and active Officer.
2. The Report contains much interesting topographical information and is accompanied by a valuable explanatory map of the Countries described.
3. I would submit how desirable it would be toManuscript imageto have this map lithographed in England and distributed there, and a few sets sent out for sale and distribution in the Colony.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
This is the report of an exploration by an Officer of the Navy—a son of Sir R. Mayne. Acke—copy to Land Bd—& Geogl Socy. Specimens when they arrive, to the Geologl Society. Ask the War Office to lithograph the Map—of which send some copies to the Govr as asked for.
Shd this, & the report of Lt Palmer R.E., passed on yesterday be laid before Parlt?
ABd 13 Oct
I think so.
HM O 13
N 16
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 30, 20 October 1859, acknowledging the enclosed report.
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Draft, Merivale to Under-Secretary, War Office, 29 October 1859, forwarding copy of the report and map and asking that the map be lithographed for distribution at home and in the colony.
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Draft, Merivale to Emigration Commissioners and Secretary to the Geographical Society, 29 October 1859, forwarding copy of the report and enclosures.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Sir Richard Mayne would be very glad if the Duke of Newcastle would allow a copy of this despatch, and of the enclosure (which we can send in print) being forwarded to the Admiralty, the object being that the Lieutenant, his son, who made the exploration may stand well in the estimation Manuscript imageof his superiors at the Admiralty. I perceive no objection myself to complying with Sir Richard's request, but I explained to him that we could do no more than submit the question to His Grace, & execute his instructions.
ABd 11 June/60
Transmit, for his Lordship's information?
TFE 11 June
CF 12
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Draft, Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 20 June 1860, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosures for information.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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R.C. Mayne to Douglas, 7 July 1859, forwarding his map, report and a box of geological specimens.
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Mayne to G.H. Richards, 7 July 1859, reporting on his recent surveying expedition into the interior of British Columbia (twelve pages).
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"Abstract of Barometer, Attached Thermometer and Temperatures of the Air" and "Meteorlogical Observations taken in British Columbia during the months of April & May 1859," recorded by Sam Campbell, M.D.