1882/25 Regina vs. “King” – selling liquor without a licence
As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here.
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to convey to the Common Gaol at New Westminster aforesaid and there to deliver him to the said Keeper, together with this Precept; and I do hereby command you the said Keeper of the said Common Gaol to receive the said King into your custody in the said Common Gaol, there to imprision him for the space of three months, unless the said several sums and all the costs and charges of the said distress (and of the commitment and conveying of the said King to the said Common Gaol) amounting to the further sum of twenty five dollars shall be sooner paid unto you, the said Keeper; and for so doing this shall be your sufficient Warrant.
Given under my Hand and Seal this twenty fourth day of March in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and eighty two at Yale in the District aforesaid.
Sgnd. E. Pearson
BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL.
Box 24 File 1882/25 Attorney General documents.