No. 66
25th May 1865
I have the honor to forward an Authenticated and two plain Copies of an Ordinance of the late Session of the Legislature of this Colony, entitled; No. 19. An Ordinance topreventManuscript image prevent violation of Indian Graves.
2. The Natives of British Columbia are in the habit of depositing upon the Graves of their friends, articles of considerable value such as, muskets, blankets, carefully carved and well dressed effigies of the deceased. The poorest Indian respects the native grave but White men have occasionally stolen things deposited thereon. Nothing is more exasperating to the Native than this want ofrespectManuscript image respect for the resting place of their dead, and with a view to the preservation of the public peace, I caused the enclosed Ordinance to be laid before the Council.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
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ABd 29 Augt
I do not know why these Articles are to be stated as property of the Crown. But I suppose there is some technical necessity. It is curious. Sanction.
FR 22/9
EC 23
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, No. 72, 27 September 1865.