No. 68, Miscellaneous
17th August 1865
I have the honor to transmit the copy of a Report from the leader of an exploring party together with a rough sketch of the locality from which he writes.
Upwards of one hundredpeopleManuscript image people have gone to Clayoquot Sound, on the West Coast of the Island in search of gold.
I will keep you informed of the proceedings of the party and the prospects of the miners, as well as of the measures I may find it necessary to adopt.
The Leech River diggings are supporting a small number of miners, and a considerable number of Chinamen who are content with small gains.
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I am persevering in the exploration of the Island under great difficulties and discouragement, in the conviction that the discovery of a gold field would render Vancouver Island a most valuable possession.
Mr Buttle the leader of the expedition is an ex-non-commissioned officer of the Royal Engineers, and may be relied upon as strictly truthful.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Ack. rect.
ABd 5 Oct
At once.
FR 5/10
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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John Buttle to Colonial Secretary, 7 August 1865, unnamed newspaper clipping, reporting on his expedition to Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, as per despatch.
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Sketch map of the region being explored, showing the site of a gold discovery at Bear River.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 54, 7 October 1865.