Victoria Street, Westminster S. W.
9th August 1872
Rel to ship [ ] of emigrants from Hamburg per “Palmerston”
Sir, I have the honour to report that the ship “Palmerston” sailed on the 29th July from Hamburg for Dunedin under the contract made with Messieurs Louis Knorr & Coy having on board Government emigrants to the number of 228 statute adults made up as per enclosed certified list, viz:- Married couples 100 statute adults & children 43, Single women 41, Single men 34, Total 228
Being myself unable to attend the inspection of the vessel and emigrants I deputed Mr. C. R. Carter to his duty and I beg herewith to forward you copy of his report. It gives full details of the inspection and you will learn from it that the ship with its fittings, stores, berthing arrangements, etc was in every way satisfactory, and that everything had been done which was likely to conduce to the health and comfort of the emigrants during the voyage.
I beg also to enclose you the promissory notes taken from the emigrants and copy of Messrs L. Knorr & Coy’s account for passage-money, commission etc.
An advance of fifteen pounds has been made to the Surgeon, Dr Bohrdt; this sum will be deducted from the amount payable to him on the arrival of the vessel at Dunedin.
I have the honour to be Sir Your most obedient Servant G. Fetherston