According to this despatch, Mr Palmer was a respectable merchant who Douglas met on a journey up the Fraser in 1861. Apparently, Palmer had mining success near Antler Creek, and he showed Douglas nearly 50 pounds weight of gold. And, this despatch notes that both men were natives of Maine.
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The Colonial Despatches Team. Palmer. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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