Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
31 Octer 1867
In reply to Your letter of the 29th Inst: I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acquaint you for the information of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos that some Officers will be leaving Portsmouth on the 14th Novr for the purpose of joining the Admiral at Vancouver and could convey the Confidential despatch to British ColumbiaManuscript image if necessary.
I am to acquaint you that these officers will not reach Panama before the middle of January.
I am Sir
Your obedient servant
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Forward the confl despatch to the Admiralty stating that his Grace would be much obliged if their Lordships would entrust it to the care of one of the Naval Officers proceeding from Portsmouth for delivery to the Govt of B.C. Sd inform Govr. Dft annexed.
WR 1 Nov 67
Draft at once.
TFE 1/11
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, Confidential, 4 November 1867 informing Seymour of the arrival of a confidential despatch and requesting Seymour to acknowledge receiving the despatch, without describing the despatch’s contents.
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Rogers to Secretary to the Admiralty, 6 November 1867, forwarding copy of despatch for transmission to Seymour.