No. 20
22th August 1856
Thomas Williams a British subject settled in the Cowegin country, was brought here this morning in, it is feared, a fatally wounded state, having been shot through the arm and chest, by "Tathlasut" an Indian of the Saumina Tribe who inhabit the upper Cowegin District. Thomas Williams is one of that class of men known in this country as "squatters", that is persons who have not purchased and thereforeManuscript imagetherefore have no legal claim to the land they occupy, and though I have always made it a rule to discountenance the irregular settlement of the country, yet it is essential for the security of all, that those persons should be protected.
I propose in the first place to demand the surrender of "Tathlasut" from the Chiefs of his Tribe, and should we not succeed in securing him by that means, the only alternative left, will be to march a force into the country for that purpose. The squadron being now here, a sufficient force can with the co-operation of Admiral Bruce be raised without difficulty, and I feel assured that he will render every assistance in his power.
I have only further to assure you that I will do every thing in my power to avoid collisions with the natives, and not push the matter further than is necessary to secure the peace of the country.
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I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas

The Right Honble Henry Labouchere Esqre
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Reserve for further information.
ABd 28 Octr/56
HM O 29
See 10152.
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