Possible CJ passage in 1862 diary

Chris Roth cfroth at EARTHLINK.NET
Sun Nov 18 13:14:46 UTC 2007

Hello all,

What follows is an 1862 entry from the diary of A. W. Clah, a Tsimshian trader at Fort Simpson 
(today Port Simpson or Lax Kw'alaams), B.C., a Tsimshian village.  My Tsimshian is good, but my CJ 
is rusty, and I feel sure the passage in this entry is in CJ.  Can anyone tell me what it means?  More 
information on request if people are curious about these diaries, the place of CJ in Tsimshian 
communities, etc.

Monday morning the 28 1862. Nicely weather. I get up about early morning. I taking small pox 
man in my canoe to sent at hom. Clah an Quadlenoh South wind and Clah arrived @ hom about 
half pass 12 o clock an in the same day an it was Duncan sent letter to with Capt McNeill an about 
dinner time an I walk oude side Fort and Kithone coming from Nass River. good many person 
looks me when I walking. Some white people an some Tsimshens an Neshaki spoken to me. Clah I 
want ask to you. an I hath some good news for you she said. an Clah say very good maam. and 
Neshaki saying Clah you must not tell lie you tell truth she said. This was Mr Duncan sent letter to 
Capt Mc Neill you killing 3 whit men. This was letter saying.& I am very near crying and I am 
astonished for blame to me and Capt McNeill look my face. an he said. Clah weik mieka Nanege 
Claksth khhmieka Clethoowa. Clah said Naka Nansege Mox the Caname. an Capt Say Closs Nanege 
Mieka Man of War Ahale-keg. Ja, Co. Capt Say Clah Closs mieka jhehh kallepy Coppah Duncan 
eolyhean? an I gone back at night. Clah Arrived on Tuesday morning @ medlekhadle and I give 
letter with Mr Duncan. 

Clah is the name of the author.  Medelkhadle is Metlakatla, B.C.

I hope someone can help.  Thank you!

Chris Roth
cfroth at earthlink.net

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