Briggs to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
19 November 1868
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith, for the information of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham, Extracts of a Letter from Rear Admiral Hastings, dated the 30th Septr, No 175, reporting his proceedings in ascending the Frazer River, and the Road to the Gold Diggings of Cariboo in British Columbia, and pointing out the great difficulty there would be in sending any Body of Men from Her MajestysManuscript image Ships to Cariboo.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant
John Henry Briggs
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Adml Hastings is of the opinion that it wd occupy one month to march 100 men from Yale to Cariboo, & that the Commissariat would have [to] start a fortnight in advance.
I believe the distance is almost 500 miles.
Copy to Govr for info.
WR 21 Novr
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FR 22/11
CBA 23/11
B&C 24/11
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Extracts, Rear Admiral Hastings to Admiralty, 30 September 1868, reporting on trip to Cariboo with details of the difficulties involved in transporting a detachment to the gold fields to restore order should such action become necessary.
Other documents included in the file
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Rogers to Secretary of the Admiralty, 30 November 1868, acknowledging receipt of letter.
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 101, 30 November 1868 transmitting Briggs's letter containing Hastings’s letter extracts, which describe Hastings’s experience travelling from the coast to the Cariboo and the difficulty of the journey.