No. 87
17 September 1861
Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins having suggested that the men serving under him, in the Boundary Commission should be placed on an equality in respect to settlement in British Columbia with the men of the Royal Engineers who are under the orders of Colonel Moody I have to inform you that the Secretary of State for War has intimated that theManuscript image men who are named in the accompanying list will be allowed to take their discharge from the Queen's service on the withdrawal of the Detachment from North America. This permission having been obtained you will inform Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins that he is at liberty to announce to the men mentioned in this list that if they shall be disposed, on the return of the Detachment to England, to settle in British Columbia they shall have the same advantages as to land in that Colony as have been promised to the men composing ColonelMoodyManuscript image Moody's party.
It should be added that residence and Military service, if required, are indispensable conditions for this indulgence.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant,
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, no date, "List of Men of B.C. serving in N. American Survey who will be allowed to take their discharges on return of the detachment to England".