10th August 1863

Letter from Lt. Palmer on the Thompson River, to Colonel Moody.

RE Camp, Thompson River,
10th August, 1863


I have the honor to report that the articles enumerated in the margin, the property of 2nd Corporal Christie RE, while on Public Service, were accidentally lost from the Government mule-train on the 29th June last. – The camp was at the time being moved, and the men’s bags were being carried, as is customary, on the pack-animals.  In a narrow and dangerous hill-side trail the animals “crowded” as it is technically termed ie., the leading ones stopped or turned round and the packs suffered in the conflict.  Among other things Corporal Christie’s bag became detached and rolling into the Thompson River, was lost. – The crowding of animals is often unavoidable, and I do not consider that, in this instance, any blame is due either to the driver of the train, or to the packers who secured the loads.  I have the honor to report your instructions as to the propriety of otherwise of renumerating Corporal Christie for his loss; and to be, Sir,

Etc., Etc.

H. Spencer Palmer
Lieutenant Royal Engineers.


To Colonel Commanding
Royal Engineers
New Westminster, BC

 Private -

  2 Red Shirts
  2 Baltic do
  2 Flannel do
  2 Pairs Drawers
  6 Pairs Socks
  1 Pair Tweed Trousers
  1 Pair Moleskin Trousers
  1 Pair Shoes
  $16 in cash

Regimental –

 1 pair Regimental Trousers
 1 Black Waterproof Bag