Addington to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
February 9, 1854
With reference to your letter of the 27th of October last, stating that the Duke of Newcastle had instructed the Governor of Vancouver's Island to make a further Report upon the proceedings of American Citizens in the Canal de Arro, and recommending that no communication should be made to the Government of the United States until that report had been received and hadbeenManuscript image been considered by Her Majesty's Government, I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to transmit to you, to be laid before the Duke of Newcastle a copy of a letter from the Hudson's Bay Company upon this subject.
I am Sir
Your Most obedient, humble Servant,
H.U. Addington

Herman Merivale Esqre
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
The desph recd here on the 24 ultimo contains the same information as is to be found in the enclosure from Governor Douglas. It seems needless, I think, to send the F.O. a copy of the desph we have recd; but that Dept. might be informed that as soon as the Governor's ansr to the Duke of Newcastle's desph of the 22 Octr arrives thatManuscript image answer will be sent to the F.O., and with it the American Map, of which we are in possession, referred to by Mr Barclay. I conclude the F.O. will not wish to take up the consideration of this subject before the Governor's report arrives.
ABd 10 Feby
HM F 10
I see no harm in forwarding to the F.O. at once a copy of Gov
' Despatch 738/54 [53].
FP 10
N 11
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Barclay, Hudson's Bay Company, to Lord Wodehouse, Foreign Office, 4 February 1854, forwarding an extract of a letter from Douglas to Barclay, on the subject of the "American squatters" in the "Arro islands."