No. 30
1st August 1864
Sir,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatches Nos. 7 and 8 of the 20th of May relating to the massacre by Indians of a road party in Bute Inlet and your plans for the detection and punishment of the murderers, and I have received the tidings of thesemurdersManuscript image murders with deep regret.
I have noticed with especial satisfaction your anxiety to give your proceedings a strictly legal character, and your refusal of offers of assistance made from beyond the Colony, which might have impressed a different character on your proceedings. I rejoice to see that you arefullyManuscript image fully alive to the consequences which an Indian War would entail upon the Colony and I trust that you will be especially careful not to take any measures which may convert an isolated outrage perpetrated by a band of murderers into a tribal War.
I am sensible of the expense which is thrown upon the Colony by theoperationsManuscript image operations which you report, but I would observe that they are undertaken exclusively in the interest of the Colony, and that the expense is in a great measure due to the high rate of profits which the Colonists are realizing and therefore can hardly be viewed as any matter of complaint.
I enclose a copy of a letter from this Department to the AdmiraltyManuscript image relative to Naval assistance and to an expression which you used, I believe inadvertently, in one of your semi-official letters which was brought under the notice of their Lordships. I trust that nothing will occur to interfere with the cordial co-operation which ought to subsist between yourself and the Admiral on theStationManuscript image Station.
I have the honor to be
Sir
Your obedient servant
Edward Cardwell
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Copy, Rogers to the Secretary to the Admiralty, 1 August 1864, acknowledging receipt of the Admiralty's instructions to Admiral Denman for the "punishing" of the "perpetrators of the recent massacre."
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Cardwell, Edward

Denman, Joseph

Rogers, Frederic

Seymour, Frederick

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Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

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Bute Inlet

Cardwell, Edward to Seymour, Frederick 1 August 1864, NAC RG7:G8C/11, 292. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B647430.html.

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