John Shepherd to Lytton
Hudson's Bay House
17th June 1858
I have the honor to inform you that letters have been received by the Hudson's Bay Company from Governor Douglas, dated Victoria, Vancouver's Island, 27th April 1858, containing the latest information in reference to the Gold fields on Fraser's River.
As Governor Douglas mentions his intention of addressing Her Majesty's Government directly, I do not propose to trouble you with Extracts, unless I receive a communication expressing your desire to be furnished with them, in which case I will forward them without delay.
I have the honor to be Sir
Your obedt humble Servant
John Shepherd
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
The communication referred to by the Govr has yet to arrive. His last desph on the subject is dated the 6th April.
ABd 18 June
Annex dt therefore to the HBC stating this, & asking for the information—the period is rather critical.
HM June 18
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Draft, Colonial Office to Shepherd, 22 June 1858, asking to be furnished with extracts of the letters from Douglas.