No. 55
Downing Street
29th October 1864
Sir
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 60 of the 23rd of August, reporting the grant of a free pardon to an Indian named How-a-Matcha, who had been convicted of the murder of another Indian.  
Feeling that the importance of giving the Indians to understand the necessity of conforming to Christian Laws must not for a moment be lost sight of, I should wish some further explanation of the reasons which induced you to set this prisoner at liberty.  
I have great confidence in your judgment and in your experience of the management of Criminals, but in the absence of fuller information I should have thought that, if you had felt it was right so far to defer to the Judge and Jury as not to carry the extreme penalty into execution, you would have inflicted some punishment exemplary in itself and likely to be regarded as an earnest of the more complete execution of our Law in future cases.  
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your obedient servant
Edward Cardwell

 
Despatch from London:
Cardwell to Kennedy, 29 October 1864. 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=V647255.scx. Accessed 24 September 2018. 

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