10,275. Vancouver's Island

Hudsons Bay House
London,
Decemr 18. 1850
My Lord
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Mr Hawes's letter of the 11th Instant, (addressed to Sir J.H. Pelly, the Governor, who is unfortunately absent from indisposition) desiring to be informed whether the Hudsons's Bay Company contemplate adopting any measures for a more permanent protection to the people in Vancouver's Island than can be afforded by the occasional visits of Her Majesty's Ships of war; In reply to which I have to state that we have never found any serious difficulty in protecting the Servants and property of the Company from hostile attacks of Indians, and we have every confidence that a continuance of that temperate and prudent conduct towards them, which is the rule and practice of the Service, will be the means of restoring a good understanding with the tribes in Vancouver's Island with whom it may be necessary to maintain intercourse. By the Ship "Tory" which sailed from hence on the 8th Ultimo we sent out a considerable number of agricultural and other Servants to Vancouver Island, and we do not consider it necessary to do more at present. — 
I have the honor to be
My Lord
Your Lordships obedient
humble Servant
A Colvile
Dy Govr

The Rt Honble Earl Grey
&c &c
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale.
This Statement ill accords with the account sent home by the Govr See 9564. If the Company feel such confidence in their ability to restore order why ask for the frequent visits of a Ship of War? 
19 Decr
VJ
It is certainly questionable: but Indian alarms often subside as suddenly as they arise. At all events I do not see that there is any present occasion for answering this letter? 
HM
D 21
D 23. I think so. The occasional visit of a Ship of War must be of obvious advantage, even under ordinary circes
BH
Put by.  
G.
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Public Offices document:
Colvile to Grey, 18 December 1850, National Archives of the UK, 10275, CO 305/2. 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=V505HB06.scx. Accessed 18 September 2018. 

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