SIR, - In the absence of Captain Gibson, I have the honour to report that I visited the above Ship on the morning of her arrival, and found each compartment allotted to the Government immigrants scrupulously clean, and all the arrangements in conformity with the contract.
I am glad to report that no sickness of any importance occurred during the voyage, and I would add that the Surgeon Superintendent's Journal shows that every attention was paid to carry out those sanitary measures laid down in the instructions issued by the Canterbury Government.
I learned from the Immigrants in each compartment that the provisions had been served out in accordance with the dietary scale, and that they had been of good quality.
The Distilling Apparatus, under the charge of a skilful Engineer, worked admirably thoughout the voyage, and the supply of water was abundant.
The Immigrants generally expressed great satisfaction at the attention they had recieved from the Captain, Surgeon Superintendent and the Officers of the ship; and no complaints of any kind were made.
The Matron performed her duties in a very satisfactory manner; and the conduct of those under her charge was also exemplary.
I have much pleasure in recommending
the payment of all gratuities, and the further employment of the Surgeon-Superintendent,
should he desire it.
I have the Honour to be,
Your most obedient Servant
J. EDWIN MARCH,