No. 2
New Westminster
1st February 1868
My Lord Duke,
With reference to my despatch No. 146 of the 22nd November 1867, I feel compelled to make some additional remarks respecting Mr Waddington's project of opening a roadfromManuscript image from the Pacific at Bute Inlet to the frontiers of Canada. I am told that he has been lecturing with some success on the subject in Canada. It is therefore my duty to say, although I should be glad to see Capitalists spend their money in the Colony, that I believe the line proposed by Mr Waddington is about the worst that could have been selected. I may mention in supportofManuscript image of this assertion that the New Westminster Volunteers when in persuit [sic] of the Chilicoten murderers found themselves unable to penetrate to the Interior by way of Bute Inlet but reached the centre of the Colony when Bentinck Arm was taken as a point of departure.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your most obedient, humble
Servant.
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Very doubtful whether anything more will be heard of Mr Waddington & his project.
Should this & 1204 be ackn: saying that they will not be lost sight of should his Grace receive any formal & specific project in writing from Mr Waddington. His Grace saw him.
CC 3/4
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This is killing the slain I conceive. But the argt is not conclusive. It may be that a line of route absolutely impracticable to men & horses as it stands may be made practicable to carriages by a trifling expenditure of money, while a route practicable for men and horses as it stands may require enormous sums to make it practicable for carriages. Ansr as proposed.
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Simply ack?
CBA 7/4
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Yes.
B&C 9/4
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 23, 14 April 1868 acknowledging Seymour’s despatches regarding Waddington’s proposed road project from the Pacific Ocean to Canada.
Seymour, Frederick to Grenville, Richard 1 February 1868, CO 60:32, no. 3371, 12. 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/B68002.html.

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