Hudson's Bay House
April 3rd 1852
Sir,
On the 26th Ultimo I had the honour of addressing a letter to you, enclosing a Copy of a Report on the subject of the gold mine discovered in Queen Charlotte's Island, and requesting an interview, to which I have not yet had an answer.
Since then I have received a letter from Mr Ballenden, the officer in charge at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River, of which I enclose an Extract, from which you will percieve that the discovery had occasioned great excitement among the American population in that quarter who were making preparations for a descent on the Island.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your most obedt humble Servant
J.H. Pelly

The Rt Honble Sir John Pakington
&. &. &c
Minutes by CO staff
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ABd 3 April/52
Lord Desart
This seems to require immediate notice. I annex the draft answer to Sir J. Pelly's former letter, with proposed addition.
HM Ap. 3
Send the answer as amended.
D 3
JSP 6
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Extract, Ballenden to Barclay, Hudson's Bay Company, 3 February 1852, describing the excitement caused in Oregon by the discovery of gold in Queen Charlotte Island and efforts to recruit one hundred armed men to proceed to the island.
Pelly, John Henry to Pakington, John Somerset 3 April 1852, CO 305:3, no. 2689, 445. 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/V525HB10.html.

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