12th July 1869
My Lord,
I have the honor to report that George Francis Train has visited Victoria.
2. Train had been for some weeks in San Francisco deliveringlecturesManuscript image lectures. He threatened to land in British Columbia with 2000 men and take possession of the Colony.
3. From San Francisco he visited Portland, and a few days before he arrived here, the Senior Naval Officer on this Station, Captain Edye, of Her Majesty's Ship "Satellite," received a telegram from the British Consul at San Francisco, informinghimManuscript image him that Train had left that place and might be expected in Victoria.
4. The day before he arrived I received information through a Private Telegram that he would come here in a Steamer called the "Wilson G. Hunt," a regular trader between Victoria and the Ports on Puget Sound.
5. As the day on which Train was expected bytheManuscript image the "W.G. Hunt," was not the regular day for that vessel to arrive, it created some uneasiness in my mind, and I made application to the Senior Naval Officer for the Gun Boat "Forward" to be sent round and anchored in Victoria Harbour, in order that we might be prepared to repel any acts of aggression on the part of Train or his followers; I thought it justpossibleManuscript image possible he might endeavour to create some disturbance in the Town. However, he arrived quietly in the "Wilson G. Hunt" and left a few hours afterwards by the same vessel and I see no reason to apprehend any disturbance.
6. I enclose copy of a letter on the subject from the Police Magistrate together with a Report fromtheManuscript image the Inspector of Police. I add an extract from our local Newspaper of this day's date.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your Lordship's most obedient,
humble Servant.
Philip J. Hankin
Administering the Government
Minutes by CO staff
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CC 16 Aug 69
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FRS 16/8
G 18/8
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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A.F. Pemberton, Police Magistrate, to Acting Colonial Secretary, 10 July 1869, forwarding the report of Inspector Bowden regarding the visit of George Francis Train.
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W. Bowden, Inspector of Police, to Pemberton, 10 July 1869, recounting the events of Train's visit to Victoria.
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Newspaper clipping, unnamed, 10 July 1869, reporting Train's visit to the city.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Granville to Musgrave, Confidential, 18 August 1869.