Moody to Lytton
J.U.S. Club London
31t August 1858.
With reference to the Stores accompanying the Royal Engineers (advanced party and main Body) to British Columbia and to which you have given your sanction, I have the honour to enclose the Lists1 framed in an amended form and with Details more complete.
These Lists were prepared before I accepted the duty I have undertaken and when they were submitted to you I had not been able to examine them.
I solicit your sanction to the alterations I have made, leaving out sundry articles [(]among which are the more expensive instruments and books) and substituting others which are indispensable For instance 1 Box Chronometer and 2 Pocket Do, a small quantity of non assorted and other articles. I have also added 3 months Provisions in Rations. Manuscript imageI submit however that Six months supply would be much better & more economical if there be room in the vessel. To this it may be my duty again to take opportunity of drawing your attention.
The above stores are being supplied chiefly from the Tower through the assistance of the War Department. The Chronometers have been obtained from the Admiralty on the understanding they will be replaced. Other articles are being obtained through the assistance of Colonel James Ordnance Survey Dt and sundry articles are being or will have to be purchased as they cannot be obtained from the government stores.
I have the honor to be Sir
Yr most obedient humble
R.C. Moody
Col. R. E.
The RightHonble
The Secretary of State for the Colonies
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Put by.
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Draft reply, Carnarvon to Moody, 1 September 1858, approving the award of 30 acre land grants to men serving in British Columbia for six years, subject to the approval of the local legislature.
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This is according to Sir E. Lytton's direction; but I wd submit to his consn my apprehension that if this situation is communicated to the men they will be dissatisfied with being handed over to the uncertainties of a Colonial Legislature—that they will not volunteer, though they may go as soldiers, & that they will desert.
If Sir Edward adheres Manuscript imageto this passage I would then further ask whether it might not be made a condition with the Legislature—whose existence we seem to anticipate so confidently—that the faith of the Crown should be preserved with these men, if they stay the proper time in the Colony.
I think they should be protected to the end of the duration of the Act of Parlt—no longer.