Captain Grant, RE, Queenborough
In consequence of the arrival of the "Thames City" I
am further detained to make arrangements for the dispatching of the RE
and stores to Queenborough with as little loss of time as possible. - I
have directed Lt. Palmer and 20 men of useful qualifications to proceed
in HMS "Satellite" tomorrow .
You will employ the whole party under your command
(except those on the survey) together with such other assistance as you
may be able to attain from Civilian Contractors in constructing a
suitable pier or jetty opposite the Store House at the Barracks so that
the stores may be expeditiously landed.
I have also directed the HBC that 2 or more bateaux may
be sent down from Fort Langley but it is uncertain whether they can be
spared, so I feel you must not reckon upon them.
It has been found impracticable to arrange with the
"Thames City for her to proceed to Queenborough.
The men and stores will be transshipped with the local
steamers - probably the Eliza Anderson and will go up in successive
The women and children and a few of the men will proceed
up the River to the Barracks at Langley - and I have desired the
Government Officers in charge to vacate the Building ready for their
reception. The Royal Marines also proceed in the Satellite and will
encamp on the ground I desired you to prepare for them. You will
distinctly understand it to be your duty to remove every obstacle and
facilitate in every way the reception and proper camping of this party.
You will receive into the Store House such perishable articles of their
Rations and such other articles as may be damaged by exposure keeping
their stores however, distinctly separate from that of the RE.