Romaine to Merivale
26th. August 1858.
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to state, for the information of Secretary Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, that directions were sent last night by the overland mail to Rear Admiral Sir Michael Seymour to dispatch Her Majesty's Ship Tribune from China to Vancouver Island with as many Supernumerary Marines as she can properly carry & he can spare.
Sir Michael Seymour in May last was instructed to send HM Ships PyladesManuscript imagePylades and Amethyst to the Pacific Station as soon as their services in India and China might be no longer required, and the Rear Admiral has now been ordered to send the two Ships in the first instance to Vancouver Island.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble
H.G. Romaine
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Mr Merivale
Acquaint the Governor by the Mail of the 1st proxo.
Probably the Admy had some sufficient reason for keeping us in the dark; but it would have been very comforting if we had known before of these instructions to the Pylades & Amethyst.
ABd 27 Augt
Annex dt.
HM Augt 27
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Draft, Lytton to Douglas, No. 6, 2 September 1858, reporting the Admiralty's instructions to Seymour.
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The Adiralty L. has been shown to Colonel Moody.
ABd. 31 Augt.