No. 227, Miscellaneous
Victoria, Vancouver's Island
25 October 1859
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor by request of Colonel Moody commanding the Royal Engineers in British Columbia to forward herewith to your Grace a statement of the losses incurred by the Officers attached to his party, upon the occasion of the destruction by fire of the Freight Ship Briseis on the 8th December 1858 on her passage from England to this place.  
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale
I suppose that there is some general rule as to granting military officers compensation for private property lost on board ships engaged by the Govt as Transports. Ascertain from the War Office what the rule is?  
HT Irving
19 Dec
Officially I think.  
D 21
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft, Elliot to Under-Secretary, War Office, 5 January 1860, forwarding copy of the despatch and requesting information on policy for reimbursing the loss of private articles.  
  • Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 6, 22 January 1860.  
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Moody to Douglas, 6 August 1859, asking that the enclosed letter and statement be forwarded to the imperial government for consideration.  
  • Captain R.M. Parsons, R.E., to Moody, 19 July 1859, submitting a statement of the losses incurred as a result of the destruction of the Briseis.  
  • Statement as noted above, showing a total loss of £114.12.8, signed by Parsons.  
Despatch to London:
Douglas to Newcastle, 25 October 1859, National Archives of the UK, 12502, CO 60/5. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 15 December 2018. 

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