Hill to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
General Post Office
26 July 1866
I am directed by the Postmaster General to forward to you a copy of a letter from the Agent of this Department at San Francisco announcing the loss, in April last, of the Colonial Packet "Labouchere," while engaged in carrying Mails from San Francisco to Vancouvers Island, and of a report of enquiry upon this subject which has subsequently been received through the Board of Trade.
The Earl of Carnarvon will, no doubt,thinkManuscript image think it right to cause a copy of this report to be sent to the Officer Administering the Government of Vancouver's Island, as it would appear that "sufficient care was not taken of Her Majesty's Mails."
I am etc.
F. Hill
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Wait for the opinion of the Bd of Trade to whom the report of the Commission has been forwarded.
ABd 30 July
Mr Blackwood
But ascertain whether the B. of T. intend to send us an opinion soon.
FR 30/
The Bd Trade intend ansg soon.
ABd 2 Augt
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Dear Sir
I am sorry that I could not reply to your note before but the matter of the wreck of the "Labouchere" does not belong to my Dept & I had to send & make enquiries. I have only this Minute recd a reply.
The paper was looked upon as one for informationManuscript image & as requiring no action. An Official reply is now being prepared & will no doubt be sent in tonight.
Yours very truly
J.G. Fanshawe

R.S. Macdonald Esq
Aug 2/66

Minutes by CO staff
[Minute on above:]
Not received yet.
[RSM] 8 Aug
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, William Lane Booker, Packet Agent, to John Tilley, Secretary to the General Post Office, 17 April 1866, reporting the total loss of the Labouchere and advising what mails had been on board.
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Copy, T.H. Farrer, Board of Trade, to Secretary, General Post Office, 18 July 1866, forwarding "Copy of the Report upon a Court of Inquiry held at Victoria, Vancouver Island, in the case of the loss of the S.S. Labouchere."
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Copy of the report as noted above, dated 16 May 1866, signed by Joseph Needham, Chief Justice, Captain John A.P. Price and Master Frederick Townsend of H.M. ship Scout.