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

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Governor Seymour to Rear Admiral Denman

British Columbia

New Westminster
[14]th Nov. 1864


It is reported to me that the Western Branch of the Chilicoten tribe is starving. Under their ruler, Anaheim, they took part in the late insurrection and consequently their Country became the scene of Military operations during the summer months. Unfortunately for himself and people, Anaheim did not give in his submission until the fruit and fish season was over. It is believed that the Chilicotens will under these circumstances make their way down the Bella Coola Valley in order to procure the means of subsistence.

The Indians at the head of Bentinck Arm took an action part in the hostilities carried on by the Government against the murderers in the interior and are now apprehensive of being left to the vengeance of Anaheim. Some White men, too, residing among them, have little faith in the continuance of the good behaviour of the Indians of the plains during their visit to the Coast and live in great alarm.

I am inclined to think that Anaheim will give us further trouble yet I should be very glad to appease the alarm of our late native Allies and our fellow Countrymen.

If you could spare a gunboat to visit Bella Coola it would be conferring a great benefit on the Colony. I should with your permission, sail up in her, Mr. Ogilvy, who served lately against the Chilicotens, to watch the proceedings of the different native races and prevent any disturbance of the peace.

Mr. Ogilvy has been directed to apply to your Secretary for information on this last point.

I have &c. &c. &c.

(signed) Frederick Seymour

Source: Great Britain Public Record Office, Colonial Office Records, CO 60/19, 1374, Frederick Seymour, Letter to Rear Admiral Denman, November 14, 1864.

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