Hawes to Under-Secretary of State
War Office,
Pall Mall, S.W.
24 June 1859
With reference to the provision of a conveyance for 16 Tons of Barrack Furniture to British Columbia, I am directed by the Secretary of State for War to acquaint you that the Owners of the only vessel at present available for this purpose have sent in their tender to the Transport Office under the following conditions; namely, to convey these Stores from England to Vancouver's Island, and the Master of the Vessel to have liberty to forward them from thence to Queensborough (now called New Westminster) by his vessel or by any vessel or craft at the owner's expense, but at the public risk; and I am to request you will state whether this arrangement shall be approved.
I have etc.
B. Hawes
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Provided the risk of transferring the stores from VanCouver's Island to New Westminster in B. Columbia is guarded against by insurance I conclude that the tender may be accepted. Probably a higher rate of insurance may be required but it is better to pay it than suffer from another accident.
We told the War Office that the Stores must be insured, when ordered.
ABd 24 June
HM J 27
N 28
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Draft, Merivale to Under-Secretary, War Office, Immediate, 2 July 1859, approving of the tender providing the goods were insured.