Romaine to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
18th. Feb.y 1867
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith, for the information of the Earl of Carnarvon, a copy of a Letter from Vice Admiral The Hon. J. Denman, dated the 9th Jany, No 1, reporting on the destitution of resources at Vancouver, as compared with the American Establishments at Mare Island, San Francisco.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
The facts mentioned by Admiral Denman are indisputable—the remedy more difficult.
ABd 20 Feb
There is no remedy and I do not know that we need regret it. We must, I apprehend, make up our minds that the State of CaliforniawillManuscript image will be more powerful and far more full of resources than the Island of Vancouver.
With regard to the question of building defences and constructing a Dock at Victoria, some of the Chief former minutes are circulated with this letter in case it should be wished to refer to them.
The present letter from the Admiralty is sent for information and does not in itself require any action.
TFE 21 Feby.
Certainly not.
CBA 22/2
Put it by.
C 23/2
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Denman to Secretary of the Admiralty, 9 January 1867, reporting the destitution of resources at Vancouver Island.