No. 6
Downing Street
18th December 1852
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch of the 27th of August last, reporting the result of a Canoe Expedition which you had made along the East Coast of the Island.
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I have brought your recommendation with respect to the exploration and Survey of the Coast under the notice of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and their Lordship's are of opinion that preparatory to making any Survey it would be desirable that some competent persons should make themselves acquainted with the pilotage of the principal Channels and Ports of the District, with the view of inducing Vessels to proceed there for the Coal or otherproduceManuscript image produce.
In furtherance of this suggestion I have to instruct you to take any steps in your power for giving effect to it, and should it be found that the navigation of the Arro Archipelago is practicable for large Vessels, the Coal working profitable, and the embarkation easy, it will no doubt be eventually desirable for Her Majesty's Government to undertake an adequate survey of its Harbors and approaches.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant
I have etc. John S. Pakington

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