7th July 1860
To His Excellency James Douglas
I have the honour to represent to you the benefit that would acrue
in maintaining the discipline of the Detachment of Royal
Engineers serving in this Colony, if these men,
Sapper James Alexander, RE
Sapper Robert Robertson, RE
Sapper James Cooper, RE
who are now undergoing a sentance of Imprisonment in the Jail at
Victoria for the crime of Desertion, be sent to England to the Head
Quarters of the Corps at Chatham.
If Your Excellency will sanction
this step, I will communicate with the Naval Commander in Chief with
a view to passage being
provided for them in the first Man-of-War ordered home.
Captain Parsons RE, will deliver
this letter to Your Excellency and is authorized by me to carry out
the measure after he shall have received your approval of it.
I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient,