1674 Vancouvers Isld
              N. America

13. Great St Helen's:
25th August, 1848
My Lord,
The recent discussions in Parliament on the subject of Vancouver's Island induce me to trouble your Lordship with a few remarks suggestive of a means whereby two important national objects may be accomplished and made to subserve each other: I allude to the re-establishment of the British Southern Whale Fisheries and the Colonization of Vancouver's Island.
Ansd 31 Augt / 48. 
Her Majesty's Government have afforded myself and brothers every encouragement and facility for prosecuting the Whale Fisheries from the Auckland Islands, in pursuance of the plan developed in my pamphlet, and we have only been
prevented from carrying out the project by unexpected causes; these being, first, the delay occasioned by a fruitless negotiation arising out of proposals made to us on the part of the South Sea Company, but which they afterwards found could not, owing to peculiar circumstances, be fulfilled; and Secondly, the disturbed State of Monetary and Commercial affairs which supervened, and has rendered abortive all attempts to come before the public with the view to the formation of a Company. — 
On referring to my pamphlet Your Lordship will perceive that I have alluded to and contemplated carrying on the Fishery in the North as well as in the South Pacific Ocean; and although certainly we do not require any [...] fixed Station, in the former of those Seas at which to
refresh our Vessels, this still, if, as I infer, Her Majesty's Government considers it important that Vancouver's Island should be Colonized, and we can be assured of obtaining there the means of refreshing our crews and taking in supplies of Stores, &c., we should not only feel ourselves bound, but should find it our interest to make that island the place of rendezvous for our Ships, in the same manner that the Sandwich islands (which have sprung into great importance and prosperity in consequence) are the general rendezvous for American Whalers. — 
It is impossible to imagine how VanCouver's Island, considering its remote position and great distance from the Mother-Country, can be of any commercial advantage, or made to hold out any
inducement to parties to locate themselves there as Settlers, unless by being adapted to the purposes of a Whaling Station; and Your Lordship will perceive from the enclosed Copy of a letter from me to Sir Henry Pelly (written some Months since, and in consequence of Sir Henry Pelly having himself been the first to moot the subject in a conversation between us) that the idea of Colonizing Vancouver's Island by making it a Whaling Station in connexion with our own is not new to me. — 
As, then, it would appear that Her Majesty's Government contemplate urging the Hudson's Bay Company to colonize Vancouver's Island, I would respectfully suggest to Your Lordship that the end in question might be at once attained by the Hudson's Bay, or Puget Sound
Company (of which latter, I believe, Sir Henry Pelly is Chairman, and which has a large Capital whereof not more than about one-third is paid up) effecting a junction of interests with us. If, therefore, Your Lordship should think favourably of the proposition I have hazarded, I do not doubt but your Lordship's recommendation of it to the Companies referred to would have great weight, and be attended with a satisfactory result, as it is obvious that such an arrangement as that contemplated would be mutually beneficial to all parties. — 
I have the honour to be,
My Lord,
Your Lordship's
Most obedient and
humble Servant,
Chas Enderby
The Right Honble
Earl Grey
&c. &c. &c.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Enderby to Sir J.H. Pelly, Hudson's Bay Company, 5 April 1848, discussing the advantages of promoting Vancouver Island as a whaling station.  
Minutes by CO staff
Acknowledge & say that I can give no opinn or advice upon this subject to the Puget Sound Associatn, [...] but must leave him to communicate directly with that body. — 
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft, Colonial Office to Enderby, 31 August 1848, advising that the matter should be referred directly to the companies in question. 
  • Lord Grey.
    Is there any objection to transmitting Mr Enderbys letter to the H.B.Cy recommending it to their attention? The project of making Vancouvers Id a Whaling Station has long been entertained in the City by parties connected with the Whale Fishery — & it might lead not only to increased settlements there, but to more frequent & regular communication with England, which is of importance in regard to Colonization? 
    I think the applicatn shd be made direct.  
  1. This addressee information appears at the foot of the first page of the despatch.
  2. This text runs perpendicular to main body text; see image scan.
Correspondence (private letter):
Enderby to Grey, 25 August 1848, National Archives of the UK, 1674, CO 305/1. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=V486E01.scx. Accessed 22 April 2019. 

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