Thursday 21st April 1859

Lempriere assists in getting the last of the Detachment off to the mainland.

21st Thursday – Left the “Thames City” with 30 men, 3 women and 4 children at 10 a.m. and embarked in the Eliza Anderson.  We went round in her to Victoria.

In the evening I got the men into a warehouse close alongside the pier.  In the afternoon, I walked with Luard to the top of Beacon Hill.

We dined with Hamley and slept on board the Eliza Anderson on the sofa for an hour or so without taking my clothes off –

--From the Journal of Lt. Lempriere, RE,
on board the "Eliza Anderson in Victoria Harbour.

"Busy yesterday and today preparing to move to Queenborough."

--21st April, 1859,
From Journals of Rev. Edward White

On board the Eliza Anderson is this letter from Doggett to Burnaby.

Department of Lands and Works
21st April 1859



I only received your letter dated 17 April on the 20th instant altho I had sent Hull up to the Post Office to England if there were any for the Department every day, the delay is not mine but entirely the Post Office.

I enclosed herewith a correct copy of Captain Grant's Balance Sheet, also a copy of a letter from Mr. Thane relating to the Timber.  Is it to be sent to Queenborough or to Langley, or not received at all? I require instructions without delay I think it will be a saving to the Department to take it, however you know best on the subject.

I cannot find any map or Plan of Langley.  I have asked Her Excellency, Mrs. Colonel Moody, she cannot find one.  Mr. Hurons of this Town wishes to by a Lot at Langley from a man, but wants to see what part the Lot is situated in before purchase.  It is a pity he cannot see a plan, because he will pay the subsequent installment and increase the treasury whereas the seller cannot, not possessing the funds.

I find in going through the Books of Mr. Miles that a man named Partridge 286. No. Lot 18 Indenture 141 has not paid the deposit of $11.20.  I have seen him on the subject, he will pay.

The transfers are coming in slowly- plenty of time yet.

Hull is sleeping in the House belonging to the Department at nights that makes the documents and Books safe.

I have the honor to be
Your obedient Servant
EB Doggett

Note - I have duly received your letter with the copy of the Captain Grant's Balance sheet.

Colo. Moody cannot return any answer respecting lumber.  I will inform you on the subject next time.

In respect to the map of Langley, Col. Moody wishes you to ask Mr. Pemberton for the large map and all others he may happen to have of Langley and you will be so good as to have it in the office.

Moody, in Queenborough, writes to Douglas on Burnaby's behalf.

Camp Queenborough,
21st April 1859


I beg to forward the enclosed application from Mr. Burnaby and to recommend  it to your favorable consideration.

The circumstances are quite as he represents them.  It is absolutely necessary he should be here constantly on duty with myself and it is not to be expected that my officers should receive among them, as one of themselves, in their Quarters and at their Mess, any gentlemen not actually in the same service.  Your Excellency will readily understand how sensitively jealous the "service" is on these points, and as their Commanding Officer I am bound to respect their feeling.  This places Mr. Burnaby in a false, and as regards the Public Service at present, a very inconvenient position.  Acquiescing to his request will relieve all parties from this embarrassment.

I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency's most obedient,

RC Moody

{Note: It is interesting that the application from Burnaby does not refer to the political nature of the situation between himself and the RE Officers.  Later letters by Burnaby also do not mention any difficulties between himself and the Officers.}

The Royal Marine Party enters the fourth day of the expedition.

"...On the fourth day (21st) I tried to get up the River at the head of the Lake further than Captain Bazalgette had been but after three miles the snags were so numerous from the fallen trees that I found the labor of getting the Canoe over too great to proceed much further than he had already been the depth of the River continued the same at this point – it also flows through a perfectly unbroken valley which heads due West to Burrard Inlet.  From the head of the lake and the distance across the former I should  say to be about eight miles... "

--25 April, 1859,
report from Lt. Blake, RMA to Col. Moody

The correspondent for The British Colonist at Queenborough gives the first of his weekly reports on the Town and situation there.

"Queenborough, April 21, 1859 - It will perhaps be interesting to know how we are progressing here.  The town is being laid out; the Custom House is nearly finished, also the Treasury; the clearing is going on well; we have two wharves, and about 15 houses already built, including two restaurants, a barber-shop, grocer, two bakers, etc., etc.

It is very necessary to get the lots early into market, as the present parties only vest on sufferance.

A good deal of contraband is going up the river; two large seizures have lately been made, and we wait with impatience to have the Capital declared a port of entry, and all goods going up the river to be discharged here.  A report exists that a party in Victoria hold a monopoly of the spirit trade, and are sending up spirits at 10 per cent duty, when others have to pay $1 per gallon; if this is not true, it ought to be contradicted.

I have been up to Langley.  They have barely a place there to build twenty houses but no more.  If a town of delivery is requisite below Fort Hope it will be better to go higher up the river.  Any one who thinks favorably of that place ought to go over the ground.  If the barracks remain there longer, it will be requisite to have a hospital alongside.  I caught marsh fever for only one night's sleeping there.

Judge Begbie has returned from the Canoe country.  He reports very favorably.  All are doing well, but roads are wanted, and people have to go on half rations and pay enormous prices for the necessaries of life..."

--Saturday, 23 April, 1859,
The British Colonist