Shepherd to Labouchere
Hudsons Bay House
December 28th 1857
Sir,
I have the honour to Enclose for your information copy of a correspondence between Governor Douglas and the Acting Governor of Washington Territory United States on the subject of the murder of Colonel Ebey by some Northern Indians.  
There appears to be some doubt whether this murder was committed by Indians inhabiting Her Majesty's Territories, or those belonging to Russia, [Marginal note: The Govr stated this. VJ] but I may remark that a copy of Mr Elliots letter of the 9th November was immediately forwarded to Mr Douglas, and the Governor & Committee then expressed their deep regret at this unfortunate occurrence, and
directed
directed Mr Douglas's particular attention to the wish of Her Majesty's Government that he should use every effort to discover and punish the offenders.  
I have the honour to be Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant
John Shepherd
Govr

The Right Honble Henry Labouchere
&c &c &c
Colonial Office
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale
We have already received the enclosures in this letter thru' the Govr—& they are now being copied for the Foreign Office. Acknowledge?  
VJ
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Annex dt.
 
HM
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Other documents included in the file
  • Draft, Merivale to Shepherd, 2 January 1858, acknowledging receipt of the letter and enclosures.  
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • 1. Acting Governor C.H. Mason, Washington Territory, to Douglas, 26 August 1857, enclosing minutes of a public meeting at Port Townsend and asking Douglas to use his best efforts to procure the murderer of I.N. Ebey and his great influence "to prevent these merciless savages from entering the jurisdiction of the United States.  
  • 1.1 Minutes of a Public Meeting held at Port Townsend 15 August 1857, to consider the measures for their safety and means of apprehending the murderers of Ebey, at which it was agreed to hold ten native prisoners hostage and resolved "to shoot or execute all Northern Indians found in our waters."  
  • 2. Douglas to Governor McMullen, 9 October 1857, stating "it may not be in my power" to procure the arrest of Ebey's murderer "nor prevent the annual migration of the Northern Indians" into American territory, but that he would try to "induce them to suspend their visits to the white settlements and to remain quietly in their own country."  
 
Public Offices document:
Shepherd to Labouchere, 28 December 1857, National Archives of the UK, 11679, CO 305/8. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=V575MI12.scx. Accessed 23 July 2019. 

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