Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
17 February 1865
I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit herewith for the information of Mr Secretary Cardwell a Copy of a letter, dated the 3rd Decr last, No 58, from Rear Adml the Honble J. Denman, and of its enclosures, requesting the removal of Captain Bazalgette—in charge of the Detachment of Royal Marines at San Juan—in consequence of his proceedings in connection with the sloop "Random," and I am to state that my Lords do notconsiderManuscript image consider it expedient at present to remove Captain Bazalgette.
I am, Sir
Your most obedient Servant
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
As the Admiral has been overruled in his wish for the relief of Capn Bazalgette, & as the Governor's despatch 10603/64 which relates to the subject of these papers has been ansd by Mr Cardwell, I shd think it wd answer no usefulManuscript image purpose to communicate these documents to the Governor.
If so, simply ackge.
ABd 21 Feb/65
Mr Fortescue
I think so.
TFE 21/2
CF 22
EC 25
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, Denman to Secretary to the Admiralty, 3 December 1864, recommending that Bazalgette be replaced due to his unsatisfactory handling of the Random incident, and forwarding correspondence on the matter.
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Bazalgette to Denman, 23 October 1864, advising he had received a report that a sloop engaged in selling liquor to natives had been seized by the American commander on the island, but that as yet he had no further details to report.
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Bazalgette to Denman, 22 November 1864, providing particulars of his efforts to assist in the capture of the vessel and crew of the Random, wanted in British Columbia on a charge of murdering natives.
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Copy, Denman to Bazalgette, 24 November 1864, expressing displeasure at his actions throughout the incident, and advising that the matter would be submitted "for the consideration of the Lds. Commrs of the Admy.
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Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 7 March 1865, acknowledging receipt of their letter.