Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
30 July 1863
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the information of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for the Colonies copy of a letter from Rear Admiral Kingcome dated 13th June 1863, No 55 & of its enclosures respecting the proceedings against the Lamalcha Indians, & the capture of some [blank] murderers. Admiral Kingcome also reports his
intention of despatching the "Forward", with such force as may be available to continue the search for the remaining Indians charged with murder.  
I am, Sir
Your most obedient Servant.
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Elliot
This relates to the pursuit of the Indians who murdered "Marks" & his daughter. The murderers or some of them appear to have been caught.  
Proceedings are also on foot elsewhere after other Indians charged with murders.  
31 July
Put by?  
At once.  
3 Aug
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Rear Admiral John Kingcome to Secretary to the Admiralty, 13 June 1863, reporting the assistance given by the Admiralty in arresting several of the murderers of Marks and his daughter, and enclosing related correspondence.  
  • Extracts, Commander E. Hardinge, HMS Cameleon, to Commodore J.W. Spencer, 8 June 1863, reporting on the expedition against the Lamalcha Indians which resulted in the arrest of some of the Indians involved.  
  • Extracts, Commander J.W. Pike, HMS Devastation, to Spencer, 26 May 1863, reporting on the expedition against the Lamalcha Indians as noted above.  
  • List of "Indians of the Lamalcha Tribe detained and sent to Victoria at the pleasure of H.E. the Governor," twenty-one names.  
  • Douglas to Spencer, 29 May 1863, stressing the importance of pursuing the remainder of those accused of the murders and asking that a force be sent out again at the earliest possible moment.  
  • Douglas to Spencer, 29 May 1863, asking that after proceeding to Cowichan to arrest the remaining five Lamalcha murderers, the ships then proceed to Johnson's Straits and Bentinck's Arm in order to arrest Indians accused of murder in those two locations.  
Public Offices document:
Romaine to Under-Secretary of State, 30 July 1863, National Archives of the UK, 7496, CO 305/21. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 10 December 2018. 

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