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Lot 655/0315

Estimate: €400-600

Receipt Signed by Chippewa Chiefs Document dated 24 May 1845 signed by five “Chippewa chiefs on the River Thames” stating that they have received from J.B. Clench the sum of œ81.5.0, “being the amount of Warrant no. B. 495”. The signatures are in the form of totems, and the receipt is also signed by John Riley, Henry Charles Hogg, “Schoolmaster”, and (with his mark) Samuel Maubeneeb, “Interpreter pro tem.” The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in south-west Ontario had agreed to share their lands with the British in return for an annuity and the establishment of two reserves. The superintendent in charge of the sale of Indian lands in the London and Western districts was Joseph Brant Clench (1790-1857). Unfortunately, Clench’s wife and sons took advantage of his declining physical and mental health to embezzle monies entrusted to him from the sale of Indian lands, and he was removed from office in 1854. The “Clench Defalcation Claim” has only been settled in recent times. The receipt was signed in triplicate, of which this copy is endorsed with the signature of Captain Hedley Vicars, an officer of the 97th Foot and a dedicated evangelical, whose heroic death on the Crimean War was the subject of a best-selling work by Catherine Marsh. The 97th served in Canada between 1848 and 1853, during which time Vicars presumably acquired this document. (1)

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