April 26. 1852
Sir,
I am directed by the Earl of Malmesbury to transmit to you, for the information of Secretary Sir John Pakington, the accompanying copy of a Dispatch from Her Majesty's Consul at San Francisco, containing Information respectingManuscript imagerespecting the discovery of Gold in Queen Charlotte's Island, and respecting the proceedings of Parties who have visited that Island.
I am Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant
H.U. Addington

Herman Merivale Esqre
&. &. &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
If the Foreign Office (which can be ascertained by personal enquiry) should not have communicated the enclosed report to the Commercial Marine world through L[l]oyd's I am rather of opinion this Office ought to take that step. I know no other use to which this information can be applied, having little doubt that the Hudson's Bay Company are already apprized of the fate of their vessel "The Una". A copy of the report can however be sent to them if you think it necessary.
ABd 28/4
Lord Desart
IManuscript image forwarded some papers on this subject the other day. Sir J. Pelly, the Govr of the Company, has since called on me. He is anxious for two things, 1. The presence of a vessel of war off Q. Charlotte Island: 2. A grant or licence to the HBC to work the gold in Q Ch. Island: not an exclusive licence or monopoly, but simply a permission from the Crown. He thinks this would be a sufficient guarantee to enable them to prevent trespassing by Americans or keep it within some bounds. I annex a newspaper & some observations by HM's Consul in the Sandwich Islands with which Mr Addington of the Foreign Office has favoured me.
HM May 3
D 4
What is the question raised by these papers. [Fn. This minute has
been subsequently crossed out.]
JSP 4
Sir J. Pakington,
No immediate question. I sent them on in order to shew the general urgency of the case, & also the information which the For. Office have on it. Communicate the inclosed report to the H.B.C.
It does not seem to me more is necessary.
HM May 7
JSP 8
Put by, subsequent information respg the "Una" having arrived, & been communicated to the H.B.Co.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Aikin to Palmerston, Foreign Office, 1 March 1852, providing the same information, obtained from Staines and two English sailors, regarding the discovery of gold in the Queen Charlotte Islands, as he provided to Rear Admiral Moresby.
Addington, Henry Unwin to Merivale, Herman 26 April 1852, CO 305:3, no. 3513, 323. 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/V525FO01.html.

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