Poole to Buckingham
  To His Grace The Duke of Buckingham & Chandos &c &c

My Lord,
Having been the first explorer after Capt Cook of Queen Charlotte Island west of Vancouver Island and having made there discoveries of the resources of that place which I am firmly convinced could be developed to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of English people, I beg to ask the Government to grant me a concession of it not upon my own responsibility alone but upon the condition I should find adequate Capital to carry out the objects I have shadowed forth.
I make this proposal because I conceive that the Government of this country is anxious to find employment for the surplus poplulation of the Kingdom particularly when no taxation or encumbrance can by any probability arise from it.
I have the honor to be
My Lord
Your Obt Servt
Francis Poole
66 Carlton Street N.W.

29 June 1868
Minutes by CO staff
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To Emign Commrs at once.