No. 6

[Note in file:]
No 4064. Despatch, Feb. 28/57 [54], No 6
"Native Tribes &c"

[Following text is taken from PABC transcripts:] 28th February 1854
My Lord Duke,
1. I have the honor to acknowledge your Despatch No 10 of the 15th October 1853.
2. I observe with great satisfaction that your Grace approves of the course we have adopted in our dealings with the Native Tribes, which has so far worked remarkably well, and also that the regulations of the H.B. Co. which have prevented the natives from acquiring a taste for spirituous liquor, have met with your Grace's approval, a circumstance, which will induce me to maintain those regulations in full force.
3. I observe also that your Grace has confirmed the provisional appointments to the Magistracy, reported in my Despatch No 5.
I regret to say that your Despatch confirming those appointments, has not yet arrived here, in consequence I presume of the non arrival of the "Colinda", by which that, and other packets from Her Majesty's Government have been forwarded. That vessel was sent out last year on the part of the H.B. Co. with Emigrants for this Colony and we have lately heard that the Master had put into the Port of Valdivia in consequence of a mutiny on board wherefore it is quite uncertain when she may arrive in the Colony. The transmission of intelligence by the Panama Mail route is so much more expeditious and certain that I trust your Grace will excuse me for recommending that mode of conveyance in preference to any other for the communication of Her Majestys Government.
4. I also observe that your Grace has caused the suggestion offered in my letter for the erection of Store Houses in the Harbour of Esquimalt, for the use of the Navy, to be submitted for the consideration and decision of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. I trust their Lordships will take that suggestion into favourable consideration, and in order that nothing may be wanting on my part towards carrying it into effect, I have caused a reserve to be made of a valuable lot containing 20 acres of land, situated in that part of the harbour, which Her Majesty's naval officers have recommended on account of its security from storms, and the convenience it offers in all other respects for shipping, and which is moreover well adapted in point of surface for the proposed erections.
The closing remarks of your Grace's despatch have afforded me the greatest satisfaction and I hope that all our proceedings may equally meet with approbation of Her Majesty's Government.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas
Governor Vancouver's Island

His Grace The Right Honble The Duke of Newcastle
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department
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Draft, Colonial Office to Captain Hamilton, Admiralty, 23 May 1854, forwarding extract of Douglas's despatch.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 16, 8 June 1854, reporting that Newcastle has forwarded to the Admiralty an extract, on the construction of naval storehouses, from Douglas’s earlier despatch.