Extract from MINUTES OF EVIDENCE CONTAINED IN THE REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, 1857.
EXTRACT FROM EVIDENCE OF HONOURABLE HENRY DRAPER, C.B., COPIED FROM THE REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, 1857.
4056. Taking the points in the order in which you have mentioned them ; first of all, with regard to the question of the limits of the province of Canada, are there any statements which you wish to lay before the Committee on that head ?—I should say with regard to that point that the view which is taken, be it sound or unsound, is this : at present it is understood by us that the Hudson's Bay Company claim as a legal right all the land which is drained by any streams, no matter how remote their sources may be, which flow into either the Hudson's Bay Straits, or Hudson's Bay. We consider that that is an ill-founded claim, principally upon this ground, that it is a claim of which we can find no trace until a very modern period, and is quite inconsistent with the claims advanced by that Company for nearly a century and a half. To save time I have prepared extracts from various documents, emanating from the Company themselves, with some few other documents; it is a paper which it would save a great deal of time to put in, because I can give every place where the extracts are taken from, and therefore reference to the original documents can always be had. I would also desire to say that in every extract which I have made, I have made it a complete extract of all that is stated on the question, and if it involves anything favourable to the Hudson's Bay Company, it will be found in those portions of which I have made the extract.
4057. Are those extracts made from documents which are accessible to every body ?—I believe I may say every one ; I think so ; easily accessible.
4058. Sir John Pakington.] They specify of course in every case what they are ?—Yes. (The Witness delivered in the Paper.)