Skinner, Reverend Thomas James
In 1853, Skinner was made a Justice of the Peace.1 Douglas later regretted this decision and, in 1854, appointed David Cameron instead.2 Despite his disapproval of this motion, Skinner refused to sign a petition protesting the appointment of Cameron out of fear that the HBC would retaliate against him.3
In 1854, Skinner relayed some devastating news to Newcastle about Reverend Robert Staines who was sent to England to discuss information with the Colonial Office. Staine’s ship was found waterlogged with only one man alive.4
In 1856, Skinner was a member of the House of Assembly and owned over 20 acres of land.5
Skinner was a priest for the Christ Church of Victoria by 1861.6 In 1861, Skinner wrote that the church reserve land (for the Church of England) was neglected.7 The land given to the church by the Hudson’s Bay Company was rumoured to soon be developed into a park.8 Skinner disagreed with this and requested for at least half the land to be consecrated for the Church. Douglas, in letters to Newcastle, admitted that he wanted the land given to the townspeople.9 Henry Berens later wrote to Newcastle about the church land discussing the public cemetery which was for all Christians. His concern was if Skinner consecrated the land, it would then be available for only the Church of England.10
Mentions of this person in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. Skinner, Reverend Thomas James. 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/skinner.html.

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