No. 10
9th February 1866
Sir,
Considerable excitement prevailing at the present time owing to the discovery of new Gold fields, reported to be rich and extensive, on the Upper Columbia and on the tributaries of the BridgeRiverManuscript image River, I have caused a Map, Copy of which I have the honor to transmit, to be prepared from the most authentic sources, showing the route to the new Mines through British and through American Territory, and also, the Line of Telegraph as far as it has been completed.
2. I refrain from expressing my opinion on these discoveries until I can forward the ReportsofManuscript image of the various Surveys and Explorations undertaken during the past year by direction of this Government. The next Mail will, I trust, convey these Reports.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I think that we might lend this Map to the Topographical Dt who always are glad of information with the view of improving the Maps they prepare. Also send the Map, when returned, to the Land Board for infn.
2 Maps might have been usefully sent by Mr Birch.
ABd 2 Apl
So proceed.
FR 2/4
EC 3
Sent to the Topographical Dept, who have made such use of the infn as they wanted.
ABd 17 April
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
Map not on microfilm.
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Cardwell, Edward 9 February 1866, CO 60:24, no. 3024, 54. 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/B66010.html.

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