No. 98, Miscellaneous
22nd November 1864
I have the honor to inform you that the gold diggings at Sooke River have been partially suspended in consequence of the rise of water.
All concerned are still sanguine of success and numerous parties are now occupied prospecting the neighbouring hills and gullies for quartz reefs.
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The total amount paid into the Treasury for mining licences to this date is $4000 20/100.
The discovery of these diggings has given employment to a number of people and a wholesome impetus to trade.
I still entertain a well grounded hope that more valuable discoveries will be made ere spring.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant,
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Put by.
ABd 30 Jany
TFE 30/1
CF 31
EC 1
Kennedy, Arthur to Cardwell, Edward 22 November 1864, CO 305:23, no. 887, 439. 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.

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