No. 40
25th April 1866
Sir,
I have the honor to report that the Acting Consul at San Francisco has informed me by Telegraph that all the British Columbian Mail Bags which left England by the Mail of the 3rd MarchwereManuscript image were lost in the wreck of the Hudson Bay Company's Steamer "Labouchere" on the 14th Instt.
2. No hope can be entertained that any portion of the Mail will be recovered, as the vessel is reported to have foundered in 60 fathoms water at a distance of 10 miles from the shore.
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
Ackn. & say that duplicates of the despatches to B.C. whh left England on the 2nd March were forwarded on the [blank].
ABd 15 June
FR 15/5
WEF 16/6
EC 19
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Acting Governor Birch, No. 34, 22 June 1866.
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Cardwell, Edward 25 April 1866, CO 60:24, no. 5784, 274. 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/B66040.html.

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