Smith to Under-Secretary of State
Hudson's Bay House
November 9, 1857
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 7th instant, requesting that a Bag of Books for the Governor of Vancouver's Island sent therewith, may be forwarded to its destination by the first vessel which the Hudson's Bay Company may despatch to that Island.
The Governor and Committee direct me to inform you that they will be happy to take charge of the bag, but they think it necessary to state that it is not likely that the Company will despatch any vessel to Vancouver's Island before the summer of 1858.
I have the honour to be Sir
Your obedient Servant
W.G. Smith

The Under Secretary of State
Colonial Office
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Jadis
Enquire at the Admiralty, if they have any earlier vessel going to V.C. Island.
ABd 10 Novr
Enquiry made. No vessel going.