Romaine to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
29 October 1860
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith, for the information of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for the Colonies, a Copy of a Letter from Rear Admiral Sir Robt L. Baynes, dated the 10th Septr, No 152, with Copies of its enclosures, relating to Indian Disturbances in Vancouver Island.  
I am etc.
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
Sir F. Rogers
I do not see that anything need be added to the despatch of the 17 Oct. to Govr Douglas respecting his conduct & that of the Colonists towards the Indians in V.C. Isd. Ack. rect & express the thanks of the S. of S. for the assistance rendered by the Rear Admiral on this occasion, & for the judicious conduct of himself & his Officers employed.  
31 Oct
Sir F. Rogers
This paper has just been sent down to me amongst others reserved for the Duke of Newcastle's return. I am not myself aware of any objection to answering in the manner proposed by Mr Blackwood.  
21 Novr
I annex a draft. Capt. Richards inability to get back from the Indians a woman captured by them, witht paying a ransom shews how much easier it is to frame schemes for enforcing English Law than to do it, however roughly.  
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft, Rogers to Secretary to the Admiralty, 26 November 1860, acknowledging the valuable assistance rendered by the naval officers.  
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Baynes to Secretary to the Admiralty, No. 152, 10 September 1860, forwarding copy of a letter from Captain G.W. Richards and discussing measures needed to control "the Indians at Fort Rupert."  
  • Richards to Baynes, 17 August 1860, reporting his proceedings at Fort Rupert, his conversation with the Indigenous peoples there, and his efforts to obtain the release of a woman captured from "the Nanaimo Tribe."  
  • Baynes to Douglas, 4 September 1860, forwarding an extract from Richards' report and suggesting stiffer penalties for selling liquor to the Indigenous population, and also the importance of locating magistrates in the remote settled areas.  
  • John Dolholt, captain of the schooner Victoria Packet, to Richards, 6 August 1860, asking for his assistance in securing the release of the woman "Hoo-saw-eye," who was his wife's mother.  
  • Affidavit of William Isbister, dated Nanaimo, 6 August 1860, giving an account of the abduction of "Hoo-saw-eye" by Indigenous peoples at Fort Rupert.  
Public Offices document:
Romaine to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary), 29 October 1860, National Archives of the UK, 10336, CO 305/15. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 18 June 2018. 

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