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Testimonials. Dr. W. F. Tolmie Tolmie, William Fraser 1871

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W. F. 1
187L  3
(COPY) £;^
Olympia, Washington Territory,
August 26th, 1871.
Honorable Joseph Howe,
Secretary of State for the Provinces, Ottawa, Canada.
Sir,—I have no disposition to obtrude myself upon
your notice or to interfere in matters of policy in a country
in which I am alien; still, we are neighbors of British Columbia, and, what is still better, friendship exists between
citizens of that Colony and this Territory the cultivation of
which may tighten the bonds of peace, and therein become
the guarantee of mutual progress.
Our inland sea of Puget Sound extends northward by
a continuous series of waters, and the Indian tribes in both
Territories are tully as much intermingled as are some of
our friendships. Indian policy, if I may use the expression,
becomes a matter of common interest. I learn with pleas-,
ure that my old and valued friend, Dr. W". F. Tolmie, the
avant courier of the white race on these waters, who did so
much to mollify savage dispositions by his able management
of the Indians some quarter of a century, thus paving the
way for peaceful occupation of the whites, is presented by
his numerous friends for the position of Superintendent of
Indian Affairs. May I say his long experience, his successful management of our. Indians so long, his vast knowledge
of that interesting race, their languages, habits, etc., all
most peculiarly fit him for the office. He will do credit to
the Government, justice to the Indians, honor to himself.
I have known him well since 1851. I know, too, how
much our people are indebted to him—more than once for
aiding to avert disaster to our settlements when in their in-
fancy. You may desire to know my moans ofIknowledge*
and why this boldness in • addressing you. I don't like to
herald my Own identity, but I-have had'the honor to hold
several official positions in this Territory, and oneifear acting as its (governor, I had access to the Executive records,
which abound in evidence of the usefulness of Dr. Tohnie
in our Indian war of 1855-6 in allaying Indian hostility and
preserving peace among the tribes on Puget Sound, by his
personal exertions and missionary work among them.
You are aware, doubtless, that he had charge of the
Hudson's Bay Co.'s Port, JSusqually, as early as 1834, ten
years before the advent oif white settlement. Has peaceable
residence for ten years speaks volumes, and I need add nothing more than that our people, who hold him in grateful
remembrance for his valuable and disinterested service in
their behalf, will hail his appointment with great pleasure.
I am, dear sir, with great respect,
Your obedient servant,
(Signed)       EL WOOD EVAXS.
Olympia, Washington Territory/ ;
August 27th, 1871.
HoSVtf oseph Howe,
\v\£tecretary of State for the Provinces,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Sir,'—Although a person ah'stranger to yourself and-
not a citizen of British Columbia, yet my residence and interests' in Washington Territory make me an interested;:
observer of the policy and progress of that neighboring'
Province. The relations between the Indians of British'
Columbia and-risbis Territory are so interwoven that a judicious system of treatment to the British Indians'becomes as
important to mutual stability as the" conducting ourfowm
Indian policy wisely and well. Hence it is quite, natural
that I should feel a lively interest as to who should receive 1
the delicate and very important position of Indian Superintendent of British Columbia. I have been advised that
Hon. Wm. P. Toldaie, formierly a long and valued resident
of this foicinity, is being pressed by his numerous friends for
that position.
To sum up his varied qualifications for that office would
require more space than I am at liberty to trespass upon
you. How truly it might be said, I He would be the right
man in the right place.'' He came to Xisqually, on Puget
Sound, in 1843, and continued there till 1859, when he took
up his residence at Victoria. In 1850 he saved our American Puget Sound settlements from the horrors of a general
Indian war. In our Indian war of 1855-6 he labored disinterestedly and successfully to avert the horrors of Indian
warfare, and to his great influence with the Indians and his
intimate knowledge of their character, are our people immeasurably indebted for saving life and property and hastening the restoration of peace. I came to Puget Sound in
1851, the first Pederal appointee in what is now Washington Territory. I early fnade the acquaintance of Dr. Tolmie.
*Iri 1855-6 I held the position of Quartermaster-General, and
speak the above from personal knowledge. I afterward
held the position of Superintendent of Indian Affairs for
'Wifis Territory, and I know how great had been his influence
and how highly he was still regarded by our Indians, and to
me he was then most useful as an! adviser, to say nothing of
the ease of official duty, based upon the healthful influence
upon the Indians of Puget Sound by his efficient charge
over them for some sixteen years.
Begging your paraon for this seeming trespass,
I am, with great respect,
Your most obedient servant,
Olympia, August 28th, 1871.
Hon. Joseph Howe, i
Secretary for the Provinces, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Sir,—The undersigned, United States Officers of
Washington Territory, bear leave to second the recommend-
ation which they learn the friends of Dr. Wm. F. Tolmie
are making for his appointment as Superintendent of Indian
Affairs for British Columbia. The Indians along the boundary line between the United States and British Columbia
are so intermingled by marriage and association and are so
continually moving from one side to the other, that it becomes a matter of great importance to the interests of oijr
people and of the Indians, and to the quiet and welfare of
both races, that one so able and peculiarly qualified as Dr.
Tolmie should fill that responsible position.
Dr. Tolmie, during his long residence at FortNisqually,
in bur Territory, as Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company,
commanded the obedience and good-will of the Indians and
the esteem of our people. On more than one occasion hi*
influence with the Indians averted serious difficulties, if not
actual outbreaks.
From these facts, from the universal testimony of our
best citizens and oldest residents,,• from the feelings manifested by the Indians, and his well known and remarkable
control over them, we are convinced that his appointment
to this office would be not simply an excellent one, but the
very best that could be made, and one calculated to strengtb,-
en the good feeling which we trust will ever prevail between
the two countries.
Very respectfully, your obed't servants,
(Signed)        EDW. S. SALOMON,
Governor Wash. Ter.,
Secretary W. T.,
Collector Inter. Rev.,
U. S. Asst. Assessor, i
Asso. Justice Supreme Cour^i
Surv. General.
Olympia, August 31st, 1871.
Dear Sir,—The friends of Dr. Wm. F. Tolmie, I
am informed, are asking that he be appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for British Columbia. Although an
American, and strictly speaking without interest in the matter, 1 cannot refrain from bearing testimony to the truly remarkable qualifications which fit Dr. Tolmie for this position, and which I have had abundant opportunities to observe as an old resident ot Washington Territory, as the son
of its first U. S. Governor, and having served in the Indian
war of 1855-6, and as U. S. Collector for several!years. I
need not dwell on these qualifications. They are universally known and recognized, and will doubtless be brought to
your attention. His great control over the Indians, the respect and esteem with which he is regarded by our people,
and his well known ability and firmness, prove him the best
fitted to settle those vexatious disputes and difficulties whjcj^
constantly spring up along a boundary line, and esge^ally
so in this instance from the migratory habits of the fyi$ians.
I am, Sir, very respectfullyj, j
(Signed)       HAZARD STEVENS.
The Hon. Joseph Howe,
Secretary for the Provinces. Ottawa. 8 TESTIMONIALS.
Hudson'jS J3ay House, Victoria, V. T.
British Columbia, Sept. 12th, 1871.
Honorable Joseph Hojw&) . V
Secretary of Staie/for the Provinces, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
SiR,^-Being informed that a Superintendent of Indian Affairs is to be appointed for this province of the Dominion, and that such an appointment is to be made by the
Dominion Ministry, I beg to address you a few lines respecting this most important appointment, feeling as I do, being
one of the first colonists on Vancouver's Island, who invested
mone}7 in a^nomfelrtead on it insearly daj's, that the prosperity
of the proVisoe and-'the securitytfor life aaad property therein, much depends on 5#ur relations with the numerous' and
powerftflfWife'es •df'lfidians withirflts^flinfHjs. As one who had
been on the coast since the y&ar-1840, 4nd in other parts of
ffife Indian county previously1 for'some years, hdfcfrthe office
of Legislative Councillor for Vancouver's Island Colony for
mariyj years, and belh^fftow seiftled heffe with a'laffge1'-family
to bring ftp. I!"fttrast'tM'#fm,y recommendation for a fit ■ and
ffflOper person•ft&'<fill this re^pbflstble office'hiay halve'its due
weight "v?iih your Honor andybur colleaghe'SJia'•office.
Understanding that a former colleague of mine -in the
service of the Hudson's Ba^y Company, Mr. Win. F. Tolmie,
Chief Factor, lately retired, is willing to accept the depart
ment of rndian Affairs in the province, I beg^o sta*te that I
can cbrfefientioiisiy recommend him as tire best qualified per-
smi I know of in the country for theMyffice, he beir^f well acquainted with thenIn&ftfcis in'rhe n^gnborhood andCalong the
North We&tf Coast, havirie been amongHhem stftdtinfe^the
character of the triKes, dealing wrtK tflem'.fS? Ihe last thirty-
seven years, and consequently has acquired great influence
with them. I may as well add that now->when thena't5$$s3Br&i
that they have been in any way unjustly dealt wi^S^th^y resort for advice to the old officers of the Hudson's Bay Company, with whom they have been acquainted, and in whom h
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they have implicit faith from a knowledge . that they always
have been justly dealt with by them.
The appointment of any inexperienced person to fill,such
an imporfelnt office as this, might be the cause of involving
us at any time in difficulties with the natives, which should
above all things-be avoided in a small community/such as this,
is, much exposed to their depredations.
M}? anxiety for the welfare of this Proymceoftne Dominion,
in which I have made mV home, and a desire for its prosperity, is'my apology for thus trespassing on your Honor's valuable time.
* ■ >.iv:- 5      / t>TvA \fSQj. njUSi I9i   X
I have the honor to be,
YourJjtojior's moskjiumble servant,
g^jgned) ROD'K. FINLAYSON,
Chief Factor Hudson's Bay Company,
Lloyd's Ag>ett$.-v<
■i&& AVr^i^otaiT.
To the Honorable Joseph ffW£S-
nSecretavy^ofiiSisate tortlm Qan&tfftcoi''DomfiiMn.
Bishop's Close, Victoria, BKi$isaq©©LUMBHfro
September 19th, 1871.
Sir,—I have been requested by Dr. Tofeii#'>to make
a statement wifih respect to  his  qualiflcations f<9j$ Indian
Superintendent for this Province.
I gladly bear the testimony of twelve years acquaintance
to the high character he has ever sustained in social life and
to hiscactive interest in all matterS-'Cobnected with education
and improvement.
-'HPknDw of no one who has a-mpre extfensf^e acquaintance
with the Iriauins of this Province, or who nas given greater
proof of sympathy in their welfare.      '$o
I ha^s&ne hon#r<to be^Sir,
-f5fbur very obedient servant,
Victoria, B. C, 22nd Sept., 1871.
Dear Dr. Tolmie,—In relation to your application for the
office of Indian Agent for the Province of British Columbia, I
may be permitted to state that I have known you 'personally
both here and on the coast since 1838, and by character since,
1833, and can conscientiously testify to your high qualifications
for fulfilling the duties of the above mentioned important office;
that your conduct towards the Indians has always been firm
as well as conciliatory and your long familiarity with their,
languages, manners, and habits of thought must give you a
great "advantage over any competitor.
I remain, my dear Dr-, your sincere friend,
(Signed)       Wm. H. McNEIL.
Late Chief Factor, Hon. H. B. Co.
To Wm. Fraser Tolmie, Esq., ex-Chief Factor H. B. Co.
■r "Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia,
Sept. 18th, 1871.
William Fraser Tolmie, Esquire, fl
My Dear Sir,-1—I have much pleasure in testifying to
your long experience in the management of the tribes who
inhabit the sea coast of British Columbia. The deep interest
you have always taken in their welfare, leading you to
enquire into their habits and peculiarities, has given you a
more than ordinary insight into their characters and opinions, together with a considerable knowledge of their languages.
The information thus acquired renders you highly
eligible for the position of Indian Commissioner for this
Provinee. I truant that the Officer superintending the Indian
Affairs of the whole Dominion, taking into consideration your
competency for that position,will secure your valuable services
for that important office. I am the less diffident in making
these statements as my own ■varied experience with the
tribes of this Province in trading with them, employing them
as labourers, voyageurs and hunters, securing criminal?,
treating for their lands, interpreting for Courts of Justice, testimonials. 11
and other authorities, has been long and extensive. I am
more or less acquainted with every tribe in the Province,
With best wishes,
I am, my dear Sir, yours very faithfully,
W (Signed.)       J. W. McKAY.
C. T. H. B. Co.
Victoria, B. C, 20th Sept., 1871.
■ Dear Doctor Tolmie,—It gives me much pleasure to
learn that you are an applicant for the office of Indian Agent
for this Province, and reasoning by analogy I think it not
rash to predict your success.
The Dominion Government have shown so much generosity in promoting a fellow colonist to the olfice of Governor
and so much judgment in the selection, it seems highly probable tnat a-similar course may be observed in the disposal
of an office eminently requiring extensive local knowledge
and experience in the management of our fifty thousand
And where is the happy combination of character required so likely to be'met with as among the retiring officers
of the Hudson's Bay Company, whose successful rule of the
Indians, founded on principles of humanity and justice, has so
frequently elicited the admiration of our American neighbors? And now let me add that among those gentlemen I know
of no erne so well qualified as yourself, on the grounds of personal energy and administrative capability, improved by ex- •
perience, recent and remote, in dealing with and inanaging
the Indians of British Columbia, of which I may truly say I
have been an'humble eye witness for the last twenty years,
since I first had the privilege of your personal acquaintance
in 1851.
I beg leave to subscribe myself,
Your sincere friend and well wisher, }
(Signed)       J. D. PEMBERTONV
Ex-Surveyor Geneial
William Fraser Tolmie, Esq., Cloverdale. 


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