No. 18
30 May 1863
My Lord Duke,
With reference to the 7th paragraph of my Despatch No: 16, of the 21st Instant, informing Your Grace that three men and one woman of the Cowitchan Tribe, viz: Thalaston, Oalitza, Stalchum,andManuscript image and Thask had been tried at a special Assize and found guilty of the murder of William Brady I have now to report to Your Grace that the three men were publicly hanged in front of the Victoria Gaol on Saturday the 23rd Instant at 7 O'clock in the morning.
2. The Jury on this trial recommended Thask, the woman to mercy, and the Chief Justice having concurred in that recommendation I commutedManuscript image the sentence against her to imprisonment for life.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's,
Most obedient
humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Acknowledge.
ABd 17 July
Draft.
TFE 17/7
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 30, 22 July 1863.
Douglas, James to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 30 May 1863, CO 305:20, no. 7004, 191. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V63018.html.

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