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].

John Williams

Forwarded for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor

AF Pemberton
Acting Governor of the Jail
3 Dec. 1864

I hereby remit the remaining portion of this man's sentence.

A.E. Kennedy
Decr 3/64

Source: BCA, B1373 File 1874 R48/890, John Williams, John Williams Praying Grant of Pardon, December 3, 1864

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