No. 55
20th August 1864
Consequent upon the discovery of gold and the great influx of people at Sooke Harbour I have found it necessary as a measure of safety to appoint a resident paid Magistrate.  
I was informed that American boats in considerable numbers were plying there without licences, and it is absolutely requisite that a Magistrate should be on the spot to prevent whiskey selling to the Indians, and
collisions between them and the white population, and to guard against what is equally important, fights between the various Native and sometimes hostile Tribes who are attracted there by high wages and whiskey.  
I have appointed Major Foster who has resigned his seat in the Legislative Assembly to accept the appointment, which he clearly understands to be temporary and subject to your approval.  
I have fixed the salary at the rate of $1750 per annum the same as that of the Police Magistrate
of Victoria which is under present circumstances very reasonable. Policemen in Victoria are now receiving $3 1/2 per day, and their services, I am informed by the Commissioner cannot be retained on other terms. 
I have the honor to be
Your very obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
Sir F. Rogers
15 Oct.
Assuming that he has the means of paying the Salary.  
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 44, 20 October 1864.  
Despatch to London:
Kennedy to Cardwell, 20 August 1864, National Archives of the UK, 9426, CO 305/23. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 18 November 2018. 

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