John Williams Praying Grant of Pardon
Victoria December 3 1864
To His Excellency
Captain Kennedy, CB.
Governor of Vancouver Island & Dependencies
I, John Williams humbly beg your excellency to grant me my pardon. I having hung two Indians sentenced to death this morning. The crime for which I am in prison was selling two bottles of Whiskey to an Indian owing to my ignorance of the law. I having been in this country one week -- & your petitioner [three words illegible].
Forwarded for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor
Acting Governor of the Jail
3 Dec. 1864
I hereby remit the remaining portion of this man's sentence.