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LETTER FROM A. BRABANT,
FUR TRADE COMMISSIONER, HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, WINNIPEG, MAN., TO E. L. NEWCOMBE, DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE, OTTAWA.
Winnipeg, Man. 13th June, 1923.
In your reply refer to No. 869.
With reference to conversation which your Mr. Plaxton had with our Mr. Conn when the latter was recently in Ottawa, Mr. Plaxton asked that we ascertain whether the Company had any record of giving instructions to the late Mr. Fortesque who was in charge of our Rigolet Post about the year 1881, to discontinue paying customs duty under protest.
I wrote our London Office on this subject and am to-day in receipt of their reply as follows:
“We have had search made in the records of the London Office but have not been able to find any correspondence from London to Canada instructing Mr. Fortesque to discontinue paying Customs Duties under protest.”
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
(Signed) A. BRABANT,
Fur Trade Commissioner.
E. L. Newcombe, Esq.,
Deputy Minister of Justice,