Good Friday 22nd April 1859

The British Colonist reported on the sailing of the Eliza Anderson to Queenborough.

"On Friday morning she returned (to Queenborough), carrying up a detachment of Royal Engineers, and a considerable number of passengers, with a full freight of merchandise and government stores."

--23rd April, 1859,
The British Colonist

Reverend White and his family board the Eliza Anderson at Victoria.

"Started with my family on the steamer "Eliza Anderson for Queenborough.  Had a very pleasant trip and landed safe and sound at 4 1/2.  Felt very thankful to get home again.  Thank the Lord for all His mercies.

--22nd April, 1859,
From the Journals of Rev. Edward White

Compare Rev. White's trip with the same trip with Lempriere's description of it.

22nd Good Friday Paraded the Detachment at 4:30 a.m. and marched them onboard.  We started at 5 a.m. and got to Queenborough at 5:30 p.m. 

There were a good many drunken fellows at the pier who threw bottles of grog on board to my men: however I saw it immediately, and had it thrown overboard, posting a sentry at the same time to prevent its occurrence again.

I landed my detachment about a mile further up where I met Col. Moody and some other officers.  After leaving everything correct I went to the map room which was a small log hut of the roughest description with a large chimney about 6 feet wide at the base and without any fireplace? ? ?.  Jolly good ? fire and we were all as merry as possible.  Judge Begbie the Lord Chief Justice of British Columbia was one of the party: We had several songs and about 10 p.m. retired to our tents which were pitched in a very picturesque spot on the banks of the Fraser river

 I found it very cold during the night

--From the Journal of Lt. Lempriere, RE,
in a tent in the Camp.

On the same evening, Mrs. Moody,  writes from Victoria, to her sister in England.

Victoria - Good Friday

My dearest Em,

I feel quite jolly tonight because I have just heard from Richard that he hopes to be down again next week and hopes to take us all up with him the next time he goes - our own house will not be ready for some weeks but we are to have a 4 roomed house which has been put up for Captain Parsons, and we are to have a Tent for a drawing room!  I think it will be most charming - Richard says "pack up your things" however he does not consider that we have nothing here which is not in constant hourly use, and that all the packing can be got there in one day - The Thames City I told you had arrived.  I have hired a new cook, a Mrs. Robinson who I hope will be a comfort to me, both Kitty and I are looking forward to her additional "help" as you can well suppose, however we have got on very well so far- We were highly amused with the officers on the "Thames City" the day after they arrived.  I fancied they would be here about one o' clock so I ordered a nice luncheon.  Haunch of Venison, Cranberry Pie etc.  You should have seen how they enjoyed themselves - "What a nice cheery Tablecloth"  "What very light bread"  "I must have some more pie" Etc, Etc.  We like them all very much, they are so gentlemanly. 

--22nd April 1859,
Mary S. Moody

{Note: Captain Parsons house is one of two buildings completed at the Camp.  It will remain the Moody home until 1860.}