17th January 1859

A hasty letter to Colonel Moody from Captain Richards on the Fraser River at Fort Langley.

HMS "Plumper"
Langley, Fraser River
17th January 1859


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 15th Instant from Fort Yale, desiring that the force may be immediately dispatched to you

I therefore send by steamer "Enterprise", a party of 80 Officers, seaman, and Royal Marines, with one Field Piece 12 Pon. the party supplied with 10 days provisions, ammunition etc. 50 men of the "Satellite" are under Lieut. Gooch RN, Mr. Hall, Midshipman, and Lieut. Jones, RM - and 30 men from the "Plumper" under Lieutenant Moriarty, and Mr. Pender of this ship.

Captain Gossett RE doing duty as Commissary Officer to the Force, and Captain Parsons RE accompanying the expedition as Volunteer.

I have much pleasure in placing Lieut. Mayne's services at your personal disposal, according to your desire.

I have the honor to be,
Your Most obedient Servant,

George Henry Richards

Note: It is of interest that Parsons attends as a "Volunteer". Why could he not attend in another capacity?