Romaine to Merivale
25th. Augt. 1858 Immediate
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acquaint you, for the information of the Secretary of State for the Colonies, that passage from Southampton to Colon has been provided for one Officer and 20 Men of the Royal Engineers in the Mail Steamer of the 2nd Sept. next, en route to Vancouver's Island, but there is probably no vesselManuscript image of War at Panama to convey them to their destination. Nor could any of Her Majesty's Ships be diverted from their present duties for the purpose of conveying so small a party of men such a long distance. Probably some arrangement might be made for having the party conveyed by a Merchant Vessel.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient humble
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
This has been seen by Sir E. Lytton, and Lord Carnarvon.
Shew it also to Colonel Moody to whom the arrangements in progress with the W.I. Mail Steam Co for assisting the party in getting on from Panama have been fully explained.
ABd 26 Augt
Copy to Col. Moody of the first part of this letter.
At once.
HM A 26
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Merivale to Moody, 28 August 1850, forwarding a copy of the letter.