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The story of the Revenue Service on the lower Fraser River at the time of the gold rush affords a interesting glimpse into the conditions and pressures—local and private;  international and far-reaching—shaping the thoughts of the men engaged in founding the capital of the new  Colony of British Columbia in 1858 and 1859.

It is a curiosity that the location of Queenborough Revenue Station appeared on official American maps for decades after it ceased to exist,  but vanished from  local memory.

Some of the thinking displayed in the correspondence cited is intense and personal and is consequently of great value to us.  It is  worthy of our respect and often our admiration.

For the later history of the site of the old Revenue Station see the story of the remarkable Sam Herring at

The writer responsible for this history, such as it is,  wants to thank again those whose kindness helped me, especially in their faith and patience.  Evi, this for you.

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