No. 7
3rd September 1869
My Lord,
It is obviously desirable that I should acquaint myself as soon as possible with the character of the chief settlements in the Colony, and this is most effectively done by personalvisits.Manuscript image visits. As the winter is drawing on, I should not be able to reach Cariboo, which is the most distant and most important, before the bad weather sets in, unless I proceed at once. And I do not like to postpone my visit for so many months as I must otherwise be compelled to do, though I confess I should not havebeenManuscript image been unwilling to rest here for some weeks after my long journey of nearly 5,000 miles by the Pacific Railroad and by sea from Newfoundland. I intend therefore, having now enquired to some extent into the general business of the Colony, to leave Victoria on Tuesday next for a tour through New Westminster and the chief settlements toCaribooManuscript image Cariboo. I shall be absent from the seat of Government about a month; but I can at most places be communicated with by Telegraph from Victoria. I shall have opportunities during my tour for collecting information on the state of feeling with regard to Confederation and other matters, which will beveryManuscript image very useful to me during the Legislative Session, and on my return I shall be better able to report to Your Lordship the fruit of my observation on any public questions.
I have the honor to be
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Mr Musgrave has started on a tour through the principal settlements of the colony.
Acknowledge receipt.
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& approve.
None of the B.C. despatches are docketed
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I think that it wd be a good thing if the heads of departments wd point out to Govrs these little irregularities privately. If the S. of S. does it it looks like a snub. The other may be put as friendly advice.
in accordance with Col Reg 171, Cap VII.
WR 5 Oct 69
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Draft at once.
FR 8/10
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Mr Robinson
Let the Heads of Depts see this.
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See subsequent 9-12813 Oct 15, 1869.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Granville to Musgrave, No. 98, 18 October 1869.