Gray to Newcastle
62 Lombard St
26 July 1853 To His Grace the Duke of Newcastle

My Lord Duke,
I take the liberty to inform your Grace that in a letter from my Brother Francis Gray dated 16 May 1853 San Francisco, he states that he and his partners Anthony Easterby and Matthew Rooney discovered a Coal [Coal underlined by CO staff] Mine in Queen Charlotte's Island. Unfortunately the letters of the 1st May containing the full particulars of this discovery have not come to hand, but immediately they arrive I will forwardManuscript image them to your Grace.
I have taken the liberty of making this statement to your Grace in order to secure to my Brother Francis Gray and his partners any benefit that may accrue from this discovery.
I have the honor to remain
Your Grace's very obedient and humble Servant
Nutter Gray Jr.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Acke receipt adding that the Govt will not in any way regard themselves as under an obligation to give Messrs Gray &c any advantage over other applicants, if there be any, to work this Coal alleged to have been found in Queen C. IsldManuscript image because of this Letter which has been addressed to the Duke of Newcastle?
ABd 28 July
Surely this relates to the gold discovery of which we heard
so much a little time ago. If so the answer would be that the proposal had been declined.
HM Jy 28
No. Blackwood's answer would be safe.
FP 28
N 29
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Draft, Colonial Office to Gray, 2 August 1853, advising that the government "declines to enter into any obligation to give your Brother and his partners any advantage over other applicants, if such should offer, to work the Coal alleged to have been found."