No. 67
Downing Street
20 May 1859
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your [BC] Despatch No. 114 of the 14th of March on the subject of the policy to be observed towards the Indian Tribes, and containing your opinion as to the feasibility of locating the Indians in Native Villages with a view to their protection and civilization.
I am glad to find that your sentiments respecting the treatment of the Native races are so much in accordance with my own, and I trust that your endeavors to conciliate and promote the welfare of the Indians will be followed by all persons whom circumstancesManuscript image may bring into contact with them. But whilst making ample provision, under the arrangements proposed, for the future sustenance and improvement of the Indian Tribes, you will I am persuaded bear in mind the importance of exercising due care in laying out and defining the several reserves so as to avoid checking at a future day the progress of the White Colonists.
I have etc.
In the absence of Sir E.B. Lytton