Royal Engineers Camp,
As Colonel in Command, I
take the liberty of laying before Your Excellency the importance
of providing as early as possible for the Detachment of Royal
Engineers, Three hundred Camp Sheets (water-proof) size 6’ 3” x 3’
3”, Those brought with the men from England have all been worn out
and expended in the service of the Colony while “camped out” on
work in the interior.
We cannot procure any here
in British Columbia, ands perhaps Your Excellency will be kind
enough to cause inquiries to be made as to whether any can be
obtained in Victoria from among the recent imports. It is possible
that something similar in nature can be procured, if not the exact
article itself. The object as Your Excellency is aware is a light
easily portable Waterproof Sheet suitable to lie upon on wet
ground and to pack up such articles as should be kept dry in
transport. The next best articles are the Hudson’s Bay Co. painted
Canvass Sheets, but they are heavier and more bulky for transport.
These articles will be
required for the work on Roads next Season, under any
circumstances; and you will readily apprehend my reasons for
having in the mean while all men under arms ready for any service
in the Field at a moment’s notice.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient,
Colonel RE Comd.
Her Majesty’s Forces