10th July 1862

From Captain Parsons to Colonel Moody.

10th July 1862


I beg respectfully to submit that as we have but three Draughtsmen and Lithographic writers attached to this Department, it is to be regretted that Sapper C. M. Murray a draughtsman of the Boundary Commission should not be permitted to be transferred to the Columbia Detachment.

You are aware that in addition to the Ordinary Plan drawings incidental or Surveys, a great deal of miscellaneous work falls upon the Draughtsmen, and on more than one occasion I have been obliged to reproduce plans all but ready for Lithography, in Consequence of them becoming spoiled by being set aside, from the necessity of Employing the draughtsmen on some less expensive but more immediate service.

 I have the honor to be,
Your most Obedient Servant,

RM Parsons
Captain RE

To Colonel Moody

Note: When the Royal Engineers in the Boundary Commission were disbanded in the Spring of 1862, a number of them petitioned to be allowed to continue their service in the Columbia Detachment.

At this time it is not altogether clear how many RE transferred over from the Boundary Commission.