• Creator
  • Douglas, James 1803-1877
  • Created Date
  • 1855
  • Description
  • British Columbia and Vancouver Island Governor, James Douglas, writes to Washington Territory Governor, Isaac I. Stevens, to discuss the situation of Charles Griffin, a British subject living on San Juan Island. Allegedly, Griffin refused to pay taxes to a band of Americans led by Sheriff Barnes of Whatcom County. Barnes and a party of men returned to Griffin's property and took some of his sheep. When Barnes requested restitution for property... more
    British Columbia and Vancouver Island Governor, James Douglas, writes to Washington Territory Governor, Isaac I. Stevens, to discuss the situation of Charles Griffin, a British subject living on San Juan Island. Allegedly, Griffin refused to pay taxes to a band of Americans led by Sheriff Barnes of Whatcom County. Barnes and a party of men returned to Griffin's property and took some of his sheep. When Barnes requested restitution for property, the men allegedly threatened him. Douglas writes to learn if Barnes acted under the direction of Governor Stevens or any other officer of Washington Territory. If Barnes acted under such direction, Governor Douglas states that he will seek a claim for damages against the U.S. If Barnes acted without such authority, Douglas wishes to charge him as a criminal under British law. Douglas states that the San Juan Island is part of British jurisdiction and if any claims to the contrary exist, they need to be addressed peacefully by an... less
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    Letter (correspondence)
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