Tuesday 26th April 1859

Moody and some of the officers take a day excursion up the Pitt River.

26th Tuesday Went ? ? excursion up the Pitt River and to the head of the lake at the ? about 25 miles from Queenborough.  The steamer we went in was called the "Enterprise".  It had its paddle at the stern and the wheel for steering by the fore part and only drew about 18 inches of water  

The country all the way was beautiful particularly when we got into the lake where the high mountains on both sides covered with snow gave it a most magnificent appearance.  There appeared no open ground, every spot being covered with timber, back up to the tops of the mountains  

On returning our paddle shaft broke and it was with the greatest difficulty we could get on.  When we got close to Queenborough we felt all of a sudden a tremendous shock and discovered that the steamer had run right onto a sand bank and that forward she was high and dry; so we took a small boat and pulled back to the camp

 Luard arrived  

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

{Note: Luard returns from his hospitalization in Victoria.}

Compare Lempriere's version of this trip to Burnaby's description of the same.

"...Turn to the map of the Fraser river and you will see on the North or right bank the entrance of the Pitt River.  Up this we had an excursion the other day, on board the stern-wheel boat "Enterprise".  These stern wheel boats are quite the peculiarities, and are built for the purpose of navigating swift streams.  The captain of the Enterprise, one Wright, is the most coolly reckless man in the colony.  He steams along at more "full pressure" on, suddenly a snag goes clean through the ship's bottom.  "Mr. Doane, Blankets." is all he says, and straightaway the hole is plugged up with the blankets and she goes on again.  Mr. Doane is the attendant sprite, always on the look out for these little emergencies.  The other day when the Enterprise was "turned up", she had 15 big holes in her bottom, all more or less assuaged with blankets.  The entrance of the Pitt is broad and deep, flat meadows on either side and the high hills rising suddenly on all sides.  We pursue a winding course between the flats, and soon come to an advance guard of two little rocky islands.  On every side lots of wild geese, ducks and divers.  Now and then a canoe lying silently on the water with one or two Indians fishing, after about 8 miles we begin to get among the hills, and thence on to the head of the river and the lake from which it rises, about 22 miles in all, we make our way though masses of rock, mountains, rising quite abruptly from the deep bosom of the lake, so much so that for miles you could hardly find a place to land safely, remains of snow in deep patches; and most curious, leaping cascades hiding in the snow and leaping out again, then hidden and coming forth some fifty feet below till they poured at last into the water.  These barren mountains were dotted over with a few pine trees, but in every part you could see the cold rocks beautifully tinted with red and yellow lichens, and with the fresh young ferns just budding forth. I was to tell you of echoes; on sounding the whistle of the steamer, (and bye the bye, the whistles are not sharp and shrill like ours, but a sort of bellow), the noise was repeated once or twice, distinctly; and then after a silence of some seconds was taken up again in the distant hills and died away by degrees in the "far off".  There was something most interesting in this trip, because it is quite thought that soon the highway to the mines will be up this river and lake.  You wonder in looking, how it's possible to find any exit from this nest of mountains, but as you proceed, you can see a valley between two ranges, through which a little stream steals shyly into the main channel, and it is here that expectation points.  If it should turn out, the importance is not to be estimated.

We got back from our excursion about 10 o'clock at night.  The Yankee Captain all the way most amusing, very learned in "drinks" of course, and one of his chief panaceas before dinner was a raw egg dropped into a glass of sherry and bolted down in a lump, very pleasant too, for I tried it."

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

Dr. Seddall writes to Captain Gosset, Colonial Treasurer - the first of MANY letters on the same theme.

Queenborough, 26th April, 1859


Having been directed in London to draw my regimental Pay through the Commissariat Department at this station, I have the honor to request  that you will make arrangements to enable me to draw it (at the rate of ten shillings per diem) at the end of every month.

I have the honor to enclose my last pay certificate from Sir John Harkland whereby you will perceive that pay is to me since the 28th of January inclusive.

I have the honor to be,
Your obedient Servant
J. Vernon Seddall

The Department Office in Victoria keeps up with its correspondence.

Department of Lands and Works
26th April 1859


I have the honor to report for the information of His Excellency the Lieut. Governor that the following letter was left here by Mr. Partridge also that Mr. C. Teitman has given notice of his intentions to enlarge 7 Lots but cannot deposit the Title deeds they being in San Francisco.  I find in looking thro the Books that the numbers are correct and the amounts paid.  Am I to enter them in the Book, I think it just to do so, but wait your instructions.

I have this day received the seal from Mr. Bowerman Act. Consul.  The letter I enclose.  This day Mr. Linker paid into the Treasury 135$ on Langley Lot.

I forward a parcel of letters for Officers and Men of RE list enclosed.  A gentleman, name unknown, left them here this afternoon and one for Col. Moody which I handed to Her Excellency Mrs. Colonel Moody.

I have the honor to be
Your obedient Servant

EB Doggett

Note: The Bowerman that Dogget refers to might be HM Bauerman, a civilian geologist attached to the Boundary Commission.  If so, it certainly sheds an interesting light on Bauerman's activities in the Colonies...