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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...communication with them, a special vessel would have to be chartered and equipped to convey the party to the islands, and to attend on them while there. Under these circumstances, and also considering that almost nothing has yet been done towards ascertaining the extent and value of much nearer, and probably for present purposes more available, coal basins of Vancouver Island, I think it would not at present be advisable to incur the large outlay which from the circumstances above stated would be required for the exploration of these remote islands. Weans of trans-If5 however, the local government, or the persons immediately interested, Ecological6 are prepared to furnish the requisite,means of transport for the party, and urTey p y' likewise to secure them from molestation while conducting the examination, there would then perhaps be no serious objection to granting the request of the memorialists. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient servant, ALFRED R. C. SELWYN. The Hon. Joseph Howe, M.P., Secretary of State for the Provinces, Ottawa. REPORT ON TBS COUNTRY BETWEEN LAKE SUPERIOR AND LAKE WINNIPEG, BY MR. ROBERT BELL, C.E., F.G.S., ADDRESSED TO ALFRED R. C. SELWYN, ESQ., F.G.S., DIRECTOR OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OP CANADA. Montreal, 24th February, 1873. Sir,--Herewith, I beg to submit my report of the results of the exploration of last summer, which I endeavoured to carry out in accordance with the instructions I had the honor to receive from you. Since my return to Montreal I have completed the maps, showing the explorations of myself and party during the season. Most of the work is laid down on a scale of one mile to the inch, but some of it on double that scale; and I have reduced all to four miles to an inch. I have included with the accompa...

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