No. 41
10th September 1864
I have the honor to inform you that some rich Gold fields have recently been discovered on the Cootenais River in this Colony. I enclose copy of a Report just made to me on the subject but beg leave to say that I am not prepared to guarantee it as absolutely free from exaggeration.
2. It will be seen fromColonelManuscript image Colonel Hawkins' report on the Boundary Survey, transmitted in the Duke of Newcastle's despatch No. 130 of the 15th of June 1864, that the access to the Cootenais River is very difficult from the Fraser. The successive chains of Mountains which intervene run nearly North and South, and the distance is about 500 miles. The only trail at present in use is that crossing the Cascade Mountains at Hope and passing by Osoyoos Lake and Fort Shepherd. Already several pack trains have gone through that way. The diggings however are easy of approach from Washington Territory, and the whole of the emigration has come fromthenceManuscript image thence, it will therefore be my duty, shortly, I believe, to establish a Custom House on the Boundary Line and appoint a Gold Commissioner at the diggings.
3. I am happy to say that Mr Birch, the Colonial Secretary, has gone to the Cootenais Country, and that correct information will soon be in my possession.
4. A portion of the Loan we are about to receive from England could scarcely be more profitably invested than in opening the communication with our new diggings.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Acknowledge? See 10958.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Report on the new gold fields, as per despatch, 16 July 1864, no signature.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, No. 50, 1 December 1864, acknowledging receipt of Seymour’s report.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Cardwell
This draft is subject to approval: the despatches within have just arrived, & have not yet been seen by you.
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