No. 4
Downing Street
4 February 1852
I have received and perused with satisfaction your Despatch of the 31st October last, reporting upon the general state of the settlement of Vancouvers Island.
I approve of your selection of Mr Frederic [Roderick] Finlayson to fill the office of Councillor, and the necessary Warrant for his appointment will be transmitted to you by anearlyManuscript image early opportunity.
I have also brought under the notice of the Church Missionary Society your observations respecting the moral instruction of the Native Tribes, with a view to ascertaining whether it may not be in the power of the Society to send out Missionaries to the Settlement.
With regard to the discovery of Gold on the West Coast of Queen Charlotte's Island, I do not consider that it would beexpedientManuscript image expedient to issue any prohibitions against the resort thither of Foreign Vessels. Were there no other objection to such a step it would be a sufficient reason against it that Her Majesty's Government are not prepared to send there a force to give effect to the prohibition.
I am Sir
Your most obedient Servant

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Douglas, James

Finlayson, Roderick

Grey, Henry George

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Church Missionary Society

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Haida Gwaii

Vancouver Island