Richards to Under-Secretary of State
Department of the Comptroller of Transport Services
Somerset House, W.C.
5 April 1859
I beg to acquaint you for the information of the Secretary of State that a letter dated 8th January last has been received from the Master of the Freight Ship "Thames City" reporting his arrival at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, on the 28th of December; and that having completed his supply of fresh water, and taken in a necessary quantity of ballast, he expected to continue his voyage to Vancouver's Island on the morning of the 9th ofManuscript imageof January. He also reports that the Troops were in good health at that time, and that only one death that of a child (from teething), and a few trifling cases of sickness, had occurred since leaving this country.
I have etc.
Chas. Richards
P.S. By a subsequent letter of the Master, it appears that the "Thames City" put into Valparaiso on the 10th February last, and was about to leave on the 14th for her destination.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
The Govr of the Falklands has reported progress of the "Thames City" so far as the 5th or 6th of Jany—copy of which it has been proposed shd be sent to the War Office. When that is done add that we have recd further intelligence of the ship &c to the 10 Feby at Valparaiso.
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Annex draft, unless the W.O. have been informed already.
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