Wodehouse to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
19 June 1861
I am directed by Lord John Russell to request that you will state to the Duke of Newcastle that He would be glad to be informed whether any orders have been given that a Regiment of the line should proceed to Vancouver's Island.
Lord John Russell suggested the expediency of thismeasureManuscript image measure in a letter to the Colonial Office of the 8th of November last, and he repeated the suggestion in a letter dated the 21st of January. His Lordship now considers it highly desirable that a Regiment should be despatched to that Quarter, as marauders are likely to abound, who may be disavowed if they fail, but who will be supported and avowed if they are successful.
I am etc.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
This had better be placed with the War Office Letter of the 17 June—5501—whh related to the construction of Barracks for Troops in V.C.Isld.
ABd 20 June
This is an important Letter. Forwarded for consideration.
TFE 20 June
CF 24
Inform Ld J.R. that I can add nothing to my former answer—that I agreed to a Rgt being sent but that difficulties were suggested by W.O.—suggest that W.O. [one line cut off microfilm].
Other documents included in the file
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Colonial Office to Under-Secretary of State, War Office, 4 July 1861, forwarding copy of the letter.
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Elliot to Wodehouse, 4 July 1861, enclosing copies of an earlier correspondence with the War Office on the subject.
Minutes by CO staff
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Duke of Newcastle
I do not feel quite sure whether this Draft is what you desire.
I have altered it.