No. 3
Downing Street
22 July 1859
Sir,
I transmit to you herewith for your information copies of a correspondence between the War Office, the Foreign Office, the Admiralty and this Office on the subject of a suggestion made by Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins thatManuscript imagethat the Land, Buildings &c purchased in Vancouvers Island for the use of the Surveying Party under his command should when the duties of the Commission are closed be transferred to the Colonial Government at a valuation instead of being disposed of to private parties.
I have to request that in conformity with the wish of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty expressed in their letter, of the 6th Instant you willManuscript imagewill ascertain from the Senior Naval Officer on the Station whether it is advisable that the Land in question should be secured for Naval purposes.
I have etc.
Newcastle
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Fortescue to Secretary of the Admiralty, 2 July 1859, stating that unless base is securred for naval purposes Douglas may dispose of it as he wishes.
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Edward Lugard to Merivale, 13 June 1859, enclosing letter from Lt. Col. J. Hawkins that land and buildings of boundary survey be "transferred to the Colonial Government at a valuation, instead of being disposed of to private parties."
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Hawkins to Secretary of State for War, 31 March 1859, regarding the fate of the Esquimalt harbor base after the boundary survey is finished.
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Copy of the copied letter of the same date, listed above. Fortescue to Secretary of the Admiralty, 2 July 1859, stating that unless base is securred for naval purposes Douglas may dispose of it as he wishes.
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E. Hammond, Foreign Office, to Merivale, 15 June 1859.
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Lugard to Hammond, 13 June 1849, regarding the disposition of land and buildings.
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Hawkins to War Department, 31 March 1859, providing details on land and buildings and suggesting they be transferred to the colonial authorities at a fair valuation.
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C. Paget, Admiralty, to Fortescue, 6 July 1859.
Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 22 July 1859, LAC RG7:G8C/2, 14. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V597103.html.

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