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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney

1862-65

This previously unknown collection of letters lets us experience colonial British Columbia through the eyes of a young British naval officer who spent three years on Vancouver Island commanding a Royal Navy gunboat during the Cariboo gold rush.

A keen observer of life in the new world, Edmund Hope Verney corresponded on a regular basis with his father, a prominent British MP. In his letters, which are filled with lively narration and description, candid commentary, and fascinating personal detail, he talks about having 'the opportunity to observe a colony in [its first] stage of existence' and to 'watch the development of a community.'


Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Family and Early Life

2. Letters of Sir Harry and Lady Verney

3. The Voyage Out: England to Vancouver Island

4. Naval Activites

5. Other Activities

6. People and Politics

7. Native Indians

8. Coastal Scenes and Scenery

9. The Return Journey: Vancouver Island to England

10. Later Life

Notes

Letters

Notes to Letters

Index

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