No. 3
Downing Street
2nd August 1852
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch of the 15th of April last, and to acquaint you that I have called upon Mr Blanshard, the late Governor of Van Couver's Island to deliver to thisOfficeManuscript image Office, copies of the Despatches to the Secretary of State, which, as you report, are not included among the public Records of the Settlement which he committed to your charge on his retirement from the Government.
In expressing my approval of the firmness and good judgement shewn by you in the affair of the Songies Indians, I have only to add that the mode of dealing with the native Tribes is a point which I must leave to your own discretion, trustingtoManuscript image to your disposition to cultivate friendly relations with them as far as may be possible.
With reference to your request that a Ship of War may be stationed off Vancouver's Island I have to acquaint you that Her Majesty's Ship "Thetis" has been ordered to remain there until the latter end of January next.
I take this opportunity of enclosing a Book of Regulations for the guidance of the Governors of Her Majesty's Colonial Possessions, and I have to direct your attentiontoManuscript image to the Rules laid down in the 6th Chapter, as to the manner in which the correspondence with the Secretary of State should be conducted.
I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most Obedient Humble Servant
John S. Pakington

P.S. With reference to the first paragraph of this Despatch I enclose for your information the Copy of a Letter which I have just received from Mr Blanshard, in answer to the enquiry I directed to be made to him, respecting the absence of any Copies of his Official correspondence with the Secretary of State, from the Records of the Government of Vancouver's Island.
16 Augt/52
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Blanshard to Pakington, 9 August 1852, stating he had left his correspondence in the care of the Council.
People in this document

Blanshard, Richard

Douglas, James

Pakington, John Somerset

Vessels in this document

HMS Thetis, 1846-55

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Haida Gwaii

Vancouver Island