No. 116
25th August 1870
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive Lord Granville's Despatch No 67, of the 21st June, with a copy of a Letter from the Rev. W. Robinson requesting information in regard to the physical features of parts of this Colony.
2. I am not acquainted with anyone in the Colony specially qualified as a geologisttoManuscript image to afford exact information of the nature required. But at my request Chief Justice Begbie, who knows the natural features of the greater part of British Columbia, has been kind enough to furnish me with some remarks and descriptions in a Letter of which I annex a Copy, and which Mr Robinson may find useful.
3. Mr Begbie some time ago noticed the peculiar character of the "Benches" of the Fraser and Thomson Rivers in a Report made to Governor Sir James Douglas in April 1859, which willbeManuscript image be found printed in Part III of the Papers relative to British Columbia laid before Parliament in 1860; and that can also be furnished to Mr Robinson from Your Lordship's Department.
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
Resemblance of Fraser River "Benches" to "Parallel Roads," Glen Roy. Send a copy of this despatch and the enclosures to Mr Robinson with reference to his letter of the 13th June (in 6632) & send copy of Blue Book referred to by Govr Musgrave. Drafts herewith. And thank the Governor and Chief Justice.
RSM 4/10/70
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Yes. And I think a copy to the Geographical Society. The photography must I presume be sent to Mr Robinson. It is a curious paper.
Lord Kimberley to see.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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M.B. Begbie to Musgrave, 3 August 1870, answering, as far as possible, the inquiry of Reverend William Robinson of Cambridge regarding the "benches" of the Fraser and Thomson Rivers (34 pages).
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Note on microfilm as follows: "Series of 5 Photographs illustrating the "Benches" of the Fraser & Thomson Rivers. Inclosure in desp 116 of 25th Aug/70/10648" (not on microfilm).
Other documents included in the file
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Rogers to Reverend W. Robinson, 12 October 1870, forwarding copy of the despatch and other relevant information.
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Rogers to Secretary to Royal Geographical Society, 12 October 1870, forwarding copy of the report by Begbie as per despatch.
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 26, 8 October 1870.
Musgrave, Anthony to Wodehouse, John 25 August 1870, CO 60:41, no. 10648, 19. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B70116.html.

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