No. 28, Military
27 February 1860
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to transmit herewith for your Grace's information, a letter I have received from Colonel Moody, recommending the construction Manuscript image construction of a Military Road from New Westminster to Burrards Inlet.
2. I have requested Colonel Moody to defer taking any steps in the matter, until I can lay the same before your Grace, and receive your instructions thereon.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
The suggestion of Colonel Moody—based on military reasons—is probably a very proper one; but I do not know where the money is to come from to Construct the road unless it be from Army Estimates. The War Office will, I think, hesitate about spending a couple of thousand pounds for defence purposes in these early days of B. Columbia.
ABd 12/4
I agree in Mr Blackwood's impression. There is no reasonable ground for proposing that the War Office should provide on the Army Estimates for making a road between the capital of B. Columbia and a neighbouring landing place. The Governor, it may be inferred from his despatch, does not agree with Colonel Moody. I think the answer may be to decline undertaking the formation of any such road at the cost of Imperial funds.
TFE 18 April
I think so.
CF 19
Certainly.
N 20
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Moody to Douglas, 8 February 1860, as per despatch.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 20, 24 April 1860.
Douglas, James to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 27 February 1860, CO 60:7, no. 3625, 152. 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/B60028.html.

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