Romaine to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
14 March 1862
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acquaint you, for the information of His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, that arrangements have been made by the Admiral in the Pacific for landing two 68 Pd Guns at Vancouver, for the defence of Victoria or Esquimalt, as it appears there are no Guns there at present.
These two Guns will be furnished by H.M.S. "Bacchante" and "Topaze", which are about to be supplied with ArmstrongGunsManuscript image Guns; and their present heavy Guns can therefore be appropriated to the Service of the Colony.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient Servant
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Acquaint the Govr & acknowledge this letter stating that the present of these guns, as a means of defence, will no doubt be duly appreciated by the Colony?
VJ 15 March
FR 16/3
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Fortescue to Secretary to the Admiralty, 24 March 1862, advising that arrangements had been made to land the guns, and that the gift was no doubt appreciated by the colony.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 92, 21 March 1862 informing him that the Admiralty has decided to present the colony of Vancouver Island with two surplus 68 Pd Guns from HMS Bacchante and HMS Topaze to be used for the defence of Victoria or Esquimalt, neither of which was protected by guns as powerful at the time.