Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
11 May 1868
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 27th Ultimo transmitting the Copy of a Despatch from Governor Seymour respecting the construction of a Dock in British Columbia.
In reply I am commanded by my Lords to transmit to you for the information of the Secretary of State for the Colonies the Copy of a report from the Hydrographer on this subject and I am to request you willinformManuscript image inform the Duke of Buckingham that my Lords entirely concur in the Hydrographers views of the advantages of Esquimalt Harbour over Burrard Inlet.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
In such a matter the Naval opinion must be taken as good [over] the Civil opinion—but it is only necessary to send the Govr a copy of this for his information & with reference to his despatch 3375.
CC 11 May
FR 12/5
CBA 13/5
B&C 14/5
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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George Henry Richards, Hydrographer, to Admiralty, 29 April 1868, recommending Esquimalt Harbour as the preferred site for a naval dock, with explanation.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 27, 16 May 1868 transmitting “a letter from the Admiralty enclosing [a letter] from the Hydrographer,” stating that Esquimalt Harbour is the best place for a naval dock in British Columbia.