Barwise to Lytton
The Right Honourable Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton Bart. MP.
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I would most respectfully submit for your polite consideration the question of the transport of Her Majesty's Mails from San Francisco, California, to Victoria Vancouver's Island, and from thence to Fort Hope on the Fraser's River, New Caledonia.
Some gentlemen who are in conjunction with me will engage to lay on large British built Steamers to carry the bimonthly mails, which shall arrive and depart from her Majesty's Colonies of New Caledonia, and Vancouver, in time to receive from, and deliver to, the bimonthly Mails, arriving at, and departing from San Francisco, via Panama; and would enter into a contractwithManuscript image with Her Majesty's Post Master General for that service for a term of years, should Her Majesty's Government think proper, and would be willing also at a future time, to make arrangements for the further distribution of the Postal communication in these new Colonies.
I have the honor to be
With much respect
Your most Obedient humble
Jackson Barwise
100 Gresham House
Broad Street, City EC
l August 13th 1858
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Copy to T-y with reference to the request made to them a fortnight or 3 weeks ago to take into their consideration the subject of a postal communication with B. Columbia.
The writer is a most intelligent man.
ABd 17 Augt
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Mr Merivale
This bears upon a subject wh I have already referred to you.
C Aug 18
Not, I think, to me. It is a subjectManuscript image with which in the absence of all combined action of departments the Treasury had better deal. Refer to them? And inform Mr Barwise that we have so referred. Annex drafts.
HM Augt 20
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Draft, Merivale to Sir C. Trevelyan, Treasury, 26 August 1858, forwarding copy of the letter for consideration.