No. 64, Miscellaneous
21st August 1866
Complaints made by "Schooner-men" or coasting traders against various tribes of Indians on the coast of this Island having lately accumulated, I deemed it necessary to visit the Indian villages and settlements of white men around the Island.
With this view the SeniorOfficerManuscript image Officer on the station placed Her Majesty's Ship "Scout" at my disposal.
I embarked in this vessel on the 8th August and made the tour of the Island arriving at Victoria on the 20th.
During this tour I landed and had personal intercourse with almost every tribe on the coast and the whole of the white settlements.
I found the Indians friendly and in almost every instance desirous of having a white man resident among them to protect them from whiskey traders who are thegreatManuscript image great disturbers on the coast.
As I shall have occasion to address you on this important subject at an early period I will now confine myself to forwarding a newspaper outline of my proceedings.
I have given Captain Price commanding Her Majesty's Ship "Scout," the usual certificate to recover the regulated allowance for the Entertainment of myself and one servant.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
I think that this service—purely colonial—ought to be defrayed by the local not the Imperial Treasury. We are gradually throwing off such claims on the taxpayers of this Kingdom.
ABd 8 Oct/66
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I suppose so. But this question will arise when the Claim is put forward.
FR 9/10
CBA 10/10
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Newspaper clipping, Colonist and Chronicle, 21 August 1866, describing the governor's expedition around Vancouver Island, as per despatch.