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19 Palmerston read Felly's hand. By making much of such an incident, indignant though the governor might truly be and on good grounds, the Hudson's Bay Company hoped to gain unqualified support from the Colonial and Foreign Offices and from the cabinet in its attempt to gain a permanent advantage over Wrangel. Twice already, Pelly reasoned, company attempts to reach a long-term understanding with the Russians whereby they would provision NovoArkhangel'sk had come to nothing. Now, the company could try again for such a contract, reinforcing British rights of navigation through the Russian lisiere.

Neither Ogden nor his people were accustomed to such treatment and resented it, the more acutely because Ogden and the Indians well knew, by 20 June, that Chichagov outgunned the Dryad. Two "principal chiefs" named Seiks and Anacago who came aboard the Dryad now "assumed a tone" that Ogden "was not in the habit of hearing" and asked him frankly if he planned to build a strongpoint in the area. " All in all, the situation was fraught with danger. One more evening came and went. Russians and Indians met and conferred ashore, observed by Duncan through his telescope.

67 All such thoughts were soon suppressed. In 1823-24, as ten years earlier at Ghent, the representatives of a Britannia exhausted by a period of wars and essentially reluctant to embark on new campaigns or confrontations on the distant Northwest Coast, even if British national interests were suffering, closed ranks against the sabre-rattling Russophobes. Avoiding Middleton and swallowing his anger, Bagot asked Poletika what Russia would consider an acceptable frontier. , 140°W. L. (to make Cross Sound the eastwest boundary) and 135°W.

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