Paget to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
17 June 1861
In reply to Mr Elliot's Letter of the 15th Inst; I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to state, for the information of His Grace The Duke of Newcastle, that no Ship of War is likely to be shortly dispatched to the North Pacific Station which could convey 500 Stand of Rifles to Vancouver Island from this Country for the use of the Volunteer Corps in the Colony.
I am etc.
C. Paget
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Now instruct the Agents General to take an early oppy of forwarding these Rifles—& to let us know when they are despatched.
ABd 18/6
TFE 18/6
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Agents General, 21 June 1861, asking them to ship the arms via Cape Horn by an early opportunity.
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Elliot to Under-Secretary of State, War Office, 21 June 1861, informing them of the instructions given to the agents general.