Shepherd to Labouchere
Hudson's Bay House
23rd January 1858
I have the honour to enclose for your information, copy of a letter lately received from Governor Douglas, dated Victoria, Vancouver's Island, 30th October 1857, which gives a satisfactory account of the progress of the Colony during the past year.
I also enclose copy of the Report of the Survey of exploration through the Cowegin Valley to the West Coast of Vancouver's Island under the direction of Mr Pemberton, the Colonial Surveyor referred to in Mr Douglas's letter.
I have the honour to be Sir,
Your most obedient humble
John Shepherd
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Acke receipt.
ABd 28 Jany
Mr Pemberton's account of the interior of the island with its magnificent forests of Pines Douglas's & Menzies's is very tempting.
HM Jan 30
HL 31
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Merivale to Shepherd, 8 February 1858, acknowledging receipt of his letter and enclosures, with thanks.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Douglas to W.G. Smith, Secretary, Hudson's Bay Company, 30 October 1857, providing a detailed report on the status of the colony over the preceeding year, with statements of accounts appended (17 pages).
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Joseph D. Pemberton, to Douglas, 12 November 1857, reporting on his expedition into the Cowichan Valley, as per despatch.