Paget to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Admiralty
29 November 1864
Sir,
I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you, herewith, for the information of Mr Secretary Cardwell, a Copy of a Letter of the 30th Ultimo, No 21, from Rear Admiral the Honble Joseph Denman, and also a Copy of its Enclosure, reporting his proceedings,
and
and the steps taken by him to discover the captors of the Sloop "Kingfisher," and the Murderers of her Crew—reporting, also, that a portion of the murderers of Mr Bamfield, and of the Bute Inlet Murderers, had been captured.  
I am,
Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,
C. Paget
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Elliot
Some of the occurrences reported by Admiral Denman are referred to in the recent Despatches from Govr Seymour. But the acts of piracy & Murder of the Indians in the case of the "Kingfisher" is new intelligence. Admiral Denman remarks strongly upon the audacity of the outrage & the open defiance of British authority.  
VJ
1 Decr
Mr Cardwell
I am afraid you will find that this letter gives some discouraging prospects about our relations with a powerful Tribe of Indians. At the same time there is something remarkable in their taking time to consider and then giving fair notice beforehand that their intention was to fight. In this, as well as in Governor Seymour's report about the other Tribe, there appear indications of their being not mere senseless savages, but people who can be dealt with. Their complaints of ill usage by the White Traders seem to me very noteworthy.  
Comdr Pike appears to be a thoughtful and a prudent man.  
TFE
1 Decr
EC
3 Dec
Memo [two words illegible].  
This is to await the [one line off microfilm].  
[TFE]
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Rear Admiral Denman to Secretary to the Admiralty, 30 September 1863, reporting in detail on recent efforts to bring to justice various "Indians" accused of piracy and murder in a number of separate incidents.  
  • Copy, Pike to Denman, 27 September 1864, providing a detailed description of the successful expedition to capture the "Indians" accused of murdering Bamfield, including a report of First Nations' complaints regarding their poor treatment at the hands of white traders.  
 
Public Offices document:
Paget to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary), 29 November 1864, National Archives of the UK, 11063, CO 305/24. 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=V645AD04.scx. Accessed 20 July 2018. 

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