The file contains two reports written in 1865 by Torrens and sent to the Honourable William A. G. Young, Colonial Secretary. The first report was written in August 1865 and describes his trip to Bear River, which was cut short. The second report is dated September 1865 and provides lengthy detail about Torrens's trip to Nootka Sound and Friendly Cove following the aborted trip to Bear River. Torrens writes at length about the geography, geology, flora and fauna of the area and provides a detailed description of the trip.
In his September report, Torrens makes several comments on the Indigenous peoples and villages that his expedition encountered, including the villages of Maktassis on Flores Island (likely Marktosis/Maaqtusiis), Oupinit (likely Openit), Ouchucklesit, Sleeptic, and Tsumakose near Refuge Cove, the latter noted as being a village site for the Manahoussat people. Torrens also met with Imharp, whom he names as the chief of the Mowachaht peoples. Torrens attached several appendices to his report, including a vocabulary, a story he has entitled "Indian Superstitions" and a list of the villages of the Mowachaht, Muchalaht, Nuchatlaht, Ehattesaht (ʔiiḥatis), Kyuquot (Ka:'yu:'k't'h'), Cheklesath (Che:k:tles7et'h') and Cla-issat First Nations.