Corry to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
28th June 1858
I have received and laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your Letter of the 26th Inst with its enclosure from the Governor of Vancouver Island, relative to a Steam Vessel being stationed for the present at that Island to protect British Interests, in consequence of the number of persons resorting to the recently discovered Gold Fields in Her Majesty's Dominions in North Western America in the neighbourhood of Frazer's River.  
My Lords desire me to state for the information of Secretary Sir E. Bulwer Lytton that orders will be sent to Rear Admiral Baynes the Commander in Chief of Her Majesty's Ships on the Pacific Station either himself to proceed to Vancouver Island, or to select some Senior Officer to send thither, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the Naval Force already stationed there is sufficient for the support of the Civil Authority and the protection of British Interests—and should the Force not be considered sufficient the Rear Admiral will be instructed to send such
in addition as he may deem to be necessary.  
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble
H. Corry Herman Merival Esq.
Colonial Office
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale
29 June
Lord Carnarvon
Put by?  
June 29
Mr Merivale
Will this promise on the part of the Admiralty include the detaching [of] marines or sailors, if necessary, to send up the country to the Gold Mines or to place at some port on the Frasers River?  
June 29
I presume so, but cannot myself answer the question. It is obvious that the commanding officers will avoid doing this if they possibly can, on account of the extreme probability of such marines or seamen deserting. The longer it can be confined to a demonstration the better, & I should think it best to leave the matter where it stands?  
June 29
I have seen Sir J. Pakington on the subject & the requisite measures are arranged.  
June 29
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft reply, Lytton to Douglas, Confidential, 1 July 1858.  
  • Mr Merivale
    I return you the V.Couvers I. papers and agree with you in your view of the mem.  
    Perhaps you will pass them on to Sir E. Lytton.  
    I think it wd be desirable that a confidential letter sd be prepared to send to Govr Douglas by the 1st July apprising him of the private Instructions wh Sir J. Pakington has promised to send to the Admiral on the Pacific Station. Our official desp. sd enclose the copy of Letter from the Admiralty wh we received this morning?  
    June 29
    Sir E. Lytton, I am anxious to obtain at once your approval of some slight alterations which I have suggested in these drafts in consequence of the Foreign office letter accompanying, which I have marked immediate, & which has crossed ours.  
    June 29
    I agree to the alterations Mr Merivale proposes.  
    There shd be one or 2 more Extracts from Govr Douglas's Letters to H.B. Company, added to printed papers to the effect of impressing on Her Majesty's Govt the necessity of immediate steps to preserve peace &c—add any extracts as to danger of collisions with the Indians.  
    June 29
Public Offices document:
Corry to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary), 28 June 1858, National Archives of the UK, 6214, CO 305/9. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 10 December 2018. 

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