Heath to Under-Secretary of State
26 Clonteuf Crescent
8th Decr 52
May I beg you will have the goodness to inform me of the proper official officer to whom I may apply for information relative to the purchase of lands at a settlement in Van Couver's Island on the coast of Oregon.
I should esteem it a favor also if you could send me, or direct my attentionManuscript imageattention to any recent report on the present condition & prospects of that Island.
I remain Sir
Most respectfully yours
Townshend Heath

The Under Secretary of the Colonies
Minutes by CO staff
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Inform the writer that he should apply to the Hudson's Bay Co for the purchase of Land in VanC. Island, & acquaint him that Govt has published no "recent" account of the condition of that settlement; best that he may derive some general information concerning the Colony from the P. Papers published in [blank].
ABd 10 Decr/52
HM D 10
D 10
JSP 11
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Draft, Colonial Office to Heath, 21 December 1852, directing him to apply to the Hudson's Bay Company for the purchase of land and referring him for information to "the Parliamentary Papers printed in 1848 and 1849."