Osborne to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
30th June 1856
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit to you, for the information of Mr Secretary Labouchere, a copy of a letter from Rear Admiral Bruce, reporting the steps he had taken for the protection of Vancouvers Island.
I am Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant
R. Osborne
H. Merivale Esqr
Colonial Office
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Add to the Letter directed yesterday to be written to the H.B.Co that the Rear Admiral himself expects to be at V.C. Island in his Flag Ship the first week in August.
ABd 2 July
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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H.W. Bruce to Osborne, 20 May 1856, advising that the Alarm should arrive at Vancouver Island in early July, and that Bruce should arrive in his flagship the first week in August.