Hawes to Under-Secretary of State
30 April 1859
Sir,
I am directed by Secretary Major General Peel to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, of the 12th Instant, covering the copy of a despatch, and of its enclosure, from the Governor of British Columbia, respecting a site for the seat of Government in that Colony; and I am to observe that it is to be regretted Lieutenant Governor Moody's Report is unaccompanied by any plan or sketch, which, if only sufficient to mark the locality in a very slight degree, would have afforded a more perfect understandingManuscript imageunderstanding of the particulars adverted to: but, so far, however, as can be judged from a written description, the conclusions, in the Report, seem very sensible and well-judged.
I have etc.
B. Hawes
Minutes by CO staff
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Lord Carnarvon
See minute, as to the name of the new Capital on 3267.
Colonel Moody has sent me, in a private Letter, a sketch of the locality round the proposed capital. Wd yr Lordship like to refer it to the War Office before writing to the Governor on the subject. I annex the sketch.
ABd 2/5
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Mr Blackwood
I think it wd be desirable to show the plan annexed to the W.O. as you propose.
C May 2
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14th May 1859
My dear Blackwood,
The sketch from Moody which you sent me of the proposed site for the Capital of B. Columbia, has been shewn to Sir John Burgoyne who states that "it confirms his impression from the written descriptions that the site cd not be better chosen on Military grounds, assuming, as must no doubt be the case, that it must be connected Manuscript imagewith the Fraser River."
No alteration of our Letter of the 30th ult. (herewith returned with the sketch) is deemed necessary.
Yrs very truly
C. Talbot
Hawes, Benjamin to Carnarvon, Earl 30 April 1859, CO 60:6, no. 4447, 277. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B595WA09.html.

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