Mayne to Newcastle
H.M.S. Eclipse
October 4th 1862
My Lord Duke
Since my return from Service in HM Ships Plumper and Hecate, employed in surveying the coasts of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, I have prepared for publication my journal kept during the four years I was there.
2. Having been employed, as your Grace has been informed by the official reports, on several exploring expeditions in the interior of both British Columbia & Vancouver Island, I am enabled to give my personal impressionofManuscript image of this country, which I trust will be found useful.
3. I have the honor to submit my request that your Grace will be pleased to direct that this book may be added to the library of the Colonial Office.
4. The title of the book will be "Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island" by Commr Mayne RN published by John Turney Albemarle Street.
I have the honor to be Your Grace's
obedient Servant
Richd C. Mayne
Commander RN

His Grace
The Duke of Newcastle K.G.
&c &c &c
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Mr Elliot
From what I have seen of Commander Mayne I am disposed to think he wd write a useful book. I do not know the price of it, but if not expensive a couple of copies of the work wd be serviceable in the Office.
ABd 9 Octr
Order two Copies, & so tell the Writer?
TFE 9/10
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Elliot to Mayne, 13 October 1862, advising that two copies of the book would be ordered as soon as it was published.
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Mr Halksworth has been informed.