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

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Cox to the Colonial Secretary

Quesnelle Mouth
2nd October 1864


I have the honor to state for the information of His Excellency the Governor that three of the Indian witnesses in the late indian trials here are afraid to return to the Chilcoaten Country as they have good reason to know that they will be Killed by the Annaham & Telloot tribes. I shall therefore Anxiously await His Excellency's instructions on this subject.

The names of the witnesses are Tom- a young man Nancie Il-se-dart-nell

Without their evidence Murray's and McDonald & McDougalls murderers would have escaped conviction there being no white evidence procurable for those cases.

I think that Tom could be made useful in the Government Service, he is truthful indian and is well accustomed to the care of packer's horses and I would respectfully suggest that the two women be supported during the winter months at Alexandria. Probably after that, matters will be calmed down in the Chilcoaten Country & the women may be safe in returning there.

I have the honor to be
Your most obedient Servant

William George Cox

Source: BCA, Colonial Correspondence, GR-1372, F380/1, Mflm B-1321, William George Cox, Letter to the Colonial Secretary of British Columbia, October 2, 1864.

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