To the Colonial Secretary - Victoria
Monday, July 16th, 1866
It is with much regret that I have to inform you that the ship "Netherby" of the Black Ball Line with 450 Immigrants on board, was unfortunately wrecked on the West side of King's Island in about latitude 40o S. On landing the passengers, who are all saved, our boats got stove in, and very little provision has been got out of the ship. It is under these circumstances that I take the liberty of bringing under your notice that immediate assistance must be sent by steamer with provision, otherwise the greatest misery and mischief may ensue.
I have the honour to remain
Your obedient Servant,
Marshall H. Webster