We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War

Death Warrants for Telloot, Klatsassin, Pielle, Tahpit, and Chessus

To the High Sheriff of British Columbia

and Chessus

were on or about the day of September now last past duly convicted before Matthew Baillie Begbie Esquire Judge of the Supreme Court of Civil Justice of British Columbia one of Her Majestys Justices of the Peace for the said Colony at Quesnelle Mouth in the said Colony and duly sentenced to death.

[Now?] these are to Command You the said Sheriff in Her Majesty’s name.

To take Telloot, Klatsassin, Piell, Tahpit and Chessus from out of Her Majesty’s gaol or wherever else they may be found, forthwith to the place of Execution.

And that they the said Telloot, Klatsassin, Piell, Tahpit, and Chessus and every of them be then and there hanged by the neck until they be dead.

And that you do without fail thereafter immediately return to me here all and whatsoever you shall have done or caused to be done under or by virtue hereof.

And for all and whatsoever you shall lawfully do in the [premises?] this shall be your sufficient Warrant.

Given under my hand and seal of Government House, New Westminster in the Colony of British Columbia this [twelfth?] day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.

Frederick Seymour [his seal]

By His Excellency’s Government

G. N. Holmes
P. S.

Source: BCA, O'Reilly Family Fonds. Peter O'Reilly sous fonds. Public service career papers. Correspondence from the Colonial Secretary to Peter O'Reilly as High Sheriff, MS-2894, Box 18, File 2, Frederick Seymour, Death Warrants for Telloot, Klatsassin, Piell, Tahpit and Chessus, October 12, 1864.

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