Gray to Under-Secretary of State
Board of Trade
21st September 1868
I am directed by the Board of Trade to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th instant inclosing copy of a Dispatch from the Governor of British Columbia inclosing a copy of a letter from the Officer acting as Chairman of the Pilot Board and Harbour Master in that Colony applying for printed Forms of Examination of MastersandManuscript image and Mates together with such Books as are used for that purpose.
In reply I am to transmit to you for the information of the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos & for transmission to the Governor of British Columbia the accompanying copies of the notice of "Examination of Masters and Mates &c," together with a complete set of Examination papers.
I am to add that the Books used at the Examination Rooms are "Rapers" and "Nories"EpitomeManuscript image Epitome and Nautical Almanack and Tide Tables, which can be obtained at any bookseller, and always at Messrs Potters Poultry Cheapside London.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient Servant
Thomas Gray
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Send out the Forms. And shall the Agents be instructed to procure & forward the Books asked for by the Governor which are specified in the last par of this letter.
WR 22 Sept 68
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Yes. Draft at once.
TFE 23/9
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 77, 24 September 1868 transmitting the notice of Examination of Masters and Mates together with a complete set of examination papers and informing Seymour that the Crown Agents will procure and send the books, Rapers and Nories Epitome and Nautical Almanack and Tide Tables.
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Elliot to Crown Agents, 26 September 1868, asking that the required nautical books be procured.