No. 34
10 July 1863
Sir,
I have the honor to transmit to you for your information and guidance the accompanying copies of a correspondence with the War Department which has resulted in the adoption of measures for dispensing with the further services of the Detachment of Royal Engineers employed in British Columbia.
The receipt since thecorrespondenceManuscript image correspondence was closed of your despatch No. 24 of the 22nd of April has confirmed the expediency of the decision.
As the Royal Engineers are to be withdrawn or discharged I have not thought it necessary to request Colonel Moody to continue his services as Commissioner of Crown Lands. His appointment to that Office was not conferred upon him as a permanent one, and on the removal of the Troops who went out under his command, I consider it best to relieve him from his Civil Office to which I shall before long name a successor. Enclosed is acopyManuscript image copy of a letter in which I have announced to Colonel Moody his relief from his Civil Appointment.
I trust that you may not be exposed to inconvenience by a difficulty of finding suitable persons on the spot to fulfil the surveying and Engineering duties which have been performed by the Royal Engineers, and I shall be glad to receive an early report from you on the manner in which you propose to supply their place, as well as on the question whether you would wish to have any persons sent out from England for someofManuscript image of the required services.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Newcastle
Other documents included in the file
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Copy, Elliot to Robinson, 28 March 1863, on response to Robinson's enquiry about the Royal Engineers service in British Columbia.
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Copy, Robinson to Elliot, 16 January 1863, on relief for the Royal Engineers in British Columbia.
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Copy, Lugard to Elliot, 18 April 1863, requesting Newcastle's response to the Royal Engineer question.
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Copy, Forster to Lugard, 14 April 1863, asking whether Colonel Moody should be "withdrawn from the colony" of British Columbia at the end of the year.
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Copy, Lugard to Elliot, 28 May 1863, "carrying out this arrangement."
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Copy, Forster to Lugard, 21 May 1863, stating that the Royal Engineers "should now be withdrawn."
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Copy, Elliot to Lugard, 27 April 1863, gave report on Royal Engineers to Newcastle.
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Copy, Newcastle to Moody, 10 July 1863, orders to have the Royal Engineers "withdrawn or discharged" from British Columbia.
Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 10 July 1863, NAC RG7:G8C/10, 501. 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/B637034.html.

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