Hay to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
6th Septr 1853
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the information of His Grace the Duke of Newcastle Extracts from a Letter from Rear Adml Moresby dated the 23rd of July last No 48, relative to the proceedings of Commander Prevost of Her Majestys Steam Sloop Virago at Vancouver's Island.
I am Sir
Your most obedient Servant
J.H. Hay
Pro Sec.

Herman Merivale Esqre
Colonial Department
Minutes by CO staff
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W Halksworth 7 Sept/53
Mr Peel
You will observe that by this officer what he calls the "stand still Monopoly" of the Hudsons Bay Coy is contrasted unfavorably with the Americans in the same part of the world.
The Letter I suppose should be put by.
TFE 7 Sept
Put by.
FP 10
N 13
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Extract, Moresby to Admiralty, 23 July 1853, stating the HBC has fixed the price of coal at Nanaimo at 30 shillings per ton, and reflecting unfavorably on the company's lack of progress compared with the industry of the Americans; although Douglas had no knowledge of vessels proceeding to the Queen Charlottes, "from other sources several were reported as having already arrived there."