Sunday 17th April 1859

17th Sunday – The detachment went on board the steamer “Eliza Anderson” at 3 a.m. and she  got under weigh about 4:30 a.m. - I had some trouble with “Sapper Dodd” who was a prisoner and so had him sent off in irons.

   We had service on the troop deck as usual. The ship seemed so quiet now that the foredeck was deserted.

 I and  Luard in the afternoon pulled off to the Hospital to call upon Cooper of the Marines: we afterwards pulled round the harbour, and saw a great many Indians, some in their canoes and others sitting round fires on the beach: we spoke to one of them that understood a little English. He had his face painted a bright Vermilion, and appeared to be  a sort of chief.

--From the Journal of Lt. Lempriere, RE,
on board the Thames City in Esquimalt harbour.

{Note: The Hospital is the Royal Navy Crimea Huts at Esquimalt.  Copper is Lt. Cooper of the Royal Marines Light Infantry, a recent arrival from the fighting in China at Canton.}

The Sabbath is recalled in the Camp at Queenborough as well.

"...We have some nice Sundays up at the camp.  The Colonel reads the service...The Doctor is a fat jovial chap, and plays the harmonium.  We had it for the first time last Sunday (17th), and with a first rate Sapper choir got on famously, even to chants..."

- 24th April, 1859, Robert Burnaby to his brother