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

Seymour to Cardwell. No. 58

7 October 1864

It is with great satisfaction that I announce to you the safe return of Mr. Brew and the party of Volunteers despatched under him from New Westminster to act against the Chilicoten Indians.

2. He is at present too much engaged to funish [sic] me with full particulars of his proceedings subsequent to my departure from his Camp. As mentioned in my despatch No. 37 of the 9th of September, he pursued the Indians among the Bute Inlet Mountains until his supplies failed. The snow began then to fall and he proceeded to Nacoontloon to receive the submission of Anaheim and his portion of the tribe. The Chief restored unreservedly all his share of the plunder but seemed to expect little mercy. As, however, his hands had not been stained in white men's blood, Mr. Brew very properly gave him his pardon. Anaheim then promised to capture the murderers still at large and immediately proceed in pursuit, but as Mr. Brew had limited him as to time, returned in six days without them. He says, however, that he will take them in the spring.

3. Mr. Brew expresses his conviction that safety for life and property is now fully restored to the Chilicoten Country.

4. Mr. Cox's party has been disbanded at Alexandria. The Indian prisoners are undergoing their trial before Judge Begbie at Quesnel Mouth.

I have etc.

Mr. Elliot

Acknowledge & approve Mr. Brew's proceedings?

VJ 29 N

A very good and satisfactory termination, apparently of Brew's expedition, which seems to have been conducted with much fortitude and prudence.

TFE 29/11

Source: Great Britain Public Record Office, Colonial Office Records, CO 60/19, p. 315, 10957, Frederick Seymour, Letter to Cardwell, No. 58, sent October 7, 1864, received November 29, 1864.

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