Letters Written and Received by Richard Hicks
(Source: The Early History of Fraser River Mines. compiled by F.W.Howay. Published by John Forsyth, British Columbia Provincial Archives, Victoria 1926. Accession no.: NW 971.3 5F H853 c.6)
To His Excellency the Governor Douglas
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:
I have seen today an Advertisment in the Victoria Newspaper from McGowan's party on Hill's Bar condemning my conduct, etc.(45)
I feel assured Your Excellency will treat it with all the contempt it deserves, nevertheless. I have substituted Office McLane for Officer Hickson, who was and now is with Mr. Justice Perrier on Hill's Bar.
As Officer Hickson(46) attended me the whole of the day I was measuring the ground, he can and no doubt will state the true facts.
I am, Sir, ashamed to be so constantly brought to notice by my public conduct. I beg, however, to assure Your Excellency that my conduct altho' displeasing to some is approved by the many. There are men here who call themselves Americans that are a disgrace to civilized society, and I defy any officer in power to satisfy their grasping propensities.
My sincere and earnest desire is to conduct myself with honour, integrity, and usefulness; that course I have and will continue to pursue.
Mr. Hickson will give Your Excellency some valuable information.
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