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No. 245.

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF QUEBEC ON BISSOT'S CLAIM TO MINGAN AND TACHE'S CLAIM
TO ST. MODET.



C. O. RECORDS 42/6.

      A State of the Claim made by the Heirs and Representatives of Francis Bissot &c. . . . . to the Seigniory or Lordship of the Main-land of Mingan, Situated on the North Shore of the River and Gulph of St Lawrence, the Seigniory or Lordship of the Isles or Islets of Mingan, Situated in the River and Gulph of St Lawrence near the Front of the Seigniory of Mingan &c. . . . . and of the Claim made by Mr. John Tachet to the Post of St Modet on the Coast of Labrador within the Straights of Belle-Isle.
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      These persons complain that they have been grievously injured by the Orders Issued last year by the Governor of New-found-land to the Inhabitants of the Labrador Coast to quit their Settlements.
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      Of the Seigniory of Mingan.—The Seigniory or Lordship of Mingan is a Large Tract of Land situated on the North Side of the River and Gulph of St Lawrence, and containing in length 167 Leagues and a half, to-wit, the whole Extent of Country from the Point of the Main-Land that is adjacent to Egg Island (which is within the Boundaries of the Province of. Quebec) to the Spaniards Bay commonly called Labrador or Baye Phelipeaux, which is very far without the Boundaries of the province of Quebec, and a little to the Westward of the Straights of Belle Isle. The depth of this Lordship is unknown, because the Original Grant of it is lost, and only the Front of it towards the River and Gulph of St Lawrence has been inhabited or occupied.
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      Of the Posts called the Great Mecatina & Saint Modet.
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      The Post of St Modet is Situated on the Coast of Labrador within the Straights of Bellisle, beyond the Bay of Philipeaux which is the Eastern Boundary of the Extensive Lordship of Mingan . . . .
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      The next Instrument produced in Support of these Claims is the King 30 of France's Grant of St Modet to Mr. Hocquart for his life, dated the 20th July 1753.
       By it the King grants him, in consideration of his long and Faithfull

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Services during the time of his being Intendant of Canada (which Office he held near 20 years) the same spot of Ground, on the Coast of Labrador, consisting of four Leagues in front, and four Leagues in depth, together with the Isles and Islets adjoining to the four Leagues in front . . . .
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Of that part of the two Lordships of the mainland and of the Isles and Islets of Mingan, which lies between Egg Island and Cape Comorant.
      About 30 years ago the Western part of the two Lordships of the Mainland and the Isles and Islets of Mingan, from the River Moisie to Cape Cormorant, Twelve Leagues from the River St John, (which is the Eastern Boundary of the Province of Quebec,) was reunited to the Demesne of the King of France for the benefit of the King's Posts . . . .
      Mr. Cugnet has likewise put into my hands another paper relating to the Title of the Heirs of Mr. Bissot and Mr. Jolliet to the Lordship of Mingan. . . . He says that on the 18th of February 1662, the French West India Company, who, by the Cession of the King of France, were at that time the Owners and Governors of Canada (les Regisseurs du Canada) Granted to Mr. Francis Bissot, Sieur de la Riviere, the Mainland on the North Side of the River and Gulph of St Lawrence from Egg Island to the Bay des Espagnols, called also the Bay Phelippeaux or Bay of Labrador, with power to make Settlements there for a Whale, Porpoise, and Seal fisherv in such places as he should find convenient for that purpose in that whole Tract of Country, and with a right of Hunting and Trading with the Indian.
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Signed: FRANCIS MASERES,            
Attorney-general of Quebec.  

Jan: 15th, 1767.

Endorsed:
      In the Lieut. Governor's letter of 17th January, 1767.

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