Murdoch to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Emigration Office
9 May 1860
Sir
I have to acknowledge Mr Merivale's letter of 26th ultimo, enclosing a Despatch from Governor Douglas proposing the reservations of some land in British Columbia for the use of certain of the Indians of that Colony.  
2. Governor Douglas encloses a correspondence which has passed between Mr Cridge, the District Minister of Victoria, and Mr Duncan, a Gentleman who has devoted himself to the work of Christianizing the Indians, from which it appears that Mr Duncan is anxious to obtain some land on which to locate the younger Members of the Tribe who have been under his instruction, in order that by separating them from the older Indians they may be rescued from the danger of relapsing into vicious habits. Governor Douglas in consequence proposes to reserve several hundred acres of land for this purpose about 20 Miles South of Fort Simpson to be conveyed to the Governor of the Colony for the time being in trust for the Indians, but not to be in any degree subject to their disposal.  
3. This proposition appears to me well deserving of approval, and I would recommend that it should receive the sanction of the Duke of Newcastle.  
I have etc.
T.W.C. Murdoch
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Elliot
Sanction the proposed reservation of Land for the benefit of the Indians, & instruct the Governor to have the land conveyed to the Governor of B. Columbia for the time being, but not to be in any degree at the disposal of the Indians.  
ABd
10/5
TFE
11 May
CF
14
N
15
 
Public Offices document:
Murdoch to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary), 9 May 1860, National Archives of the UK, 4752, CO 60/9. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=B605LN06.scx. Accessed 20 July 2018. 

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