Crofton, Lieutenant Colonel John
In the summer of 1846 Crofton led 400 troops of the 6th Regiment of Foot to Red River to respond to the threat of American attack, which the Oregon Treaty eliminated. In response to a petition of complaint against the Hudson’s Bay Company, which gathered 977 signatories and precipitated an inquiry in Britain, Crofton defended the actions of the company in a brief report, which was frequently copied and cited. Galbraith describes him as not a credible witness because he exchanged favours with George Simpson.1
  • 1. J. S. Galbraith, The Hudson's Bay Company as an Imperial Factor, 1821–1869 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976), 321.
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The Colonial Despatches Team. Crofton, Lieutenant Colonel John. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/crofton.html.

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