This is a great inquiry question with lots of potential. The student explains the role of James Douglas and Matthew Begbie as one might expect, but he also describes a family connection.
One of his ancestors was a judge at the time. The question also invites an exploration of why things like peace and war happen in history. What were the conditions that helped these men keep the peace and what made it difficult? Was the peace fair or was it the peace of the victors? For example, did Douglas, Begbie, and the gold miners treat First Nations with justice?