Charles Hutchinson Letter Book, 1878-80
page between 717 & 718, unnumbered

March 18, 1880

[ Sketch of Oliver Mowat, Unknown, University of Western Ontario Archives RC20.082 ]The Hon. O. Mowat,
Attorney General, Toronto.

Re Donnelly murder cases

Mr. Irving was here yesterday, & held a consultation with Mr. Magee & myself, relative to these cases. The conclusions we arrived at are as follows: [...]That a reward of at least $5000 should be offered for such information as will lead to the conviction of all or any of the guilty parties. We submit the draft of what we consider an appropriate advertisement.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your obedt servant,
Charles Hutchinson, County Atty

Charles Hutchinson Letter Book, 1878-80
p. 718


Whereas on the morning of Wednesday the 4 February last, James Donnelly, Judith Donnelly, Thomas Donnelly, Bridget Donnelly, and John Donnelly were foully murdered in the Township of Biddulph in the County of Middlesex -- and whereas it appears that a large number of persons participated in the said crimes -- and whereas some persons have been apprehended and stand charged with the comission of them but a number of the guilty parties are still at liberty,
The Government of Ontario hereby offers a reward of $5000 to such person or persons as will hereafter give such information as will lead to the conviction of any of the persons who were guilty of the said murders or all of them.

Source: J.J. Talman Regional Collection, University of Western Ontario Archives, Donnelly Family Papers, B4878, File 12, Charles Hutchinson, Charles Hutchinson Letter Book, March 18, 1880.

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