No. 14
Downing Street
14th March 1865
I have recently received an enquiry relative to the fate of Captain Venables who is represented to have disappeared suddenly from New Westminster, it is supposed about the month of August last.
His relatives are very anxious to obtain tidings of his fate; they fear that he may have met with some violentdeathManuscript image death in British Columbia, or possibly may still be alive in the hands of the Indians.
I have to request that you will cause enquiries to be made in the Colony, and that you will furnish me with any information on the subject which you may be able to obtain.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant
Edward Cardwell