Franks to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
5 John St, Berkeley Square W
May 19th 1864
I believe that you are aware of my intention to leave England by the West India Mail Steamer of the 17th June.
I am informed that Admiral Denman leaves England by the same steamer to assume the command of the squadron in the North Pacific, and that the Sutlej is under orders to proceed to Panama to take him up to Vancouver.
British Columbia is one of the most distant British Colonies, and the expensesManuscript image of the journey there are very heavy. I would beg leave, therefore, to enquire whether, considering this, it would be possible to grant me a passage on board the Sutlej, which, as I am informed, proceeds immediately on Admiral Denman's arrival, to her destination.
I beg to be understood to make this request subject to any charges which are usual on such occasions.
I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servant
Charles W. Franks

Sir Frederick Rogers, Bart
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Consult the Admiralty: but I think without recommending the application.
I presume Mr Franks has settled the question of his Securities with the T-y. Enquire (personally) at the T-y: if such is the case; & if the matter is satisfactorily adjusted inform the Governor of the apptment & of the time of Mr Franks' departure.
ABd 20 May
So proceed at once.
FR 20/5
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Elliot to Secretary of the Admiralty, 26 May 1864, forwarding copy of the letter for consideration whether Franks should be allowed the passage.