EXTRACT FROM PRIVY COUNCIL MINUTES OF
3 DECEMBER, 1766.
P.C. 2, VOL. 112, p. 120.
Whereas Application hath been made to His Majesty at this Board by Alexander Maitland Esquire praying for a Grant of Lands in his Majesty's province of Quebec in Order to make a Settlement thereupon, His Majesty this Day took the same into Consideration, and having received the opinion of the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, and also of a Committee of the Lords of His Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council thereupon, is hereby pleased with the advice of his Privy Council to Order that the Governor or Commander in Chief of His Majesty's province of Quebec for the Time being, do Cause twelve thousand Acres of Land to be Surveyed in one Contiguous Tract in such part of the said Province as the said Alexander Maitland or his Attorney shall Choose not Already Granted or Surveyed to Others and that upon a Return of such Survey Conformable to his Majesty's Directions in his General Instructions he do pass a Grant for the same to the said Alexander Maitland under the Seal of the said province upon the following Terms Conditions and Reservations.
First.—That the Grantee be obliged to settle the said Lands with Protestant Inhabitants within ten Years from the Date of the Grant in the proportion of one person for every hundred Acres.
Secondly.—That if one third of the Lands be not settled with Protestant Inhabitants in the above mentioned proportion, within three Years from the Date of the Grant, the whole to be Void.
Thirdly.—That all such parts of the Land as shall not be Settled with Protestant Inhabitants in the said proportion at the Expiration of ten Years from the Date of the Grant do revert to the Crown.
Fourthly.—That the Grantee do pay an Annual Quit Rent to the Crown of two Shillings Sterling for every hundred Acres Contained in the Grant to Commence at the Expiration of ten Years from the Date thereof.
Fifthly.—That there be a Reservation in the Grant of all such parts as the person legally appointed to Survey the said Lands shall report and mark out in the Map to be annexed to his Report as proper for Erecting Fortifications, for Publick Quays, Roads and all other Publick Uses.
Sixthly.—That there be a reservation to the Crown of all Mines of Gold and Silver.
Seventhly.—That after the expiration of three Years from the Date of the Grant, the Grantee be obliged to plant and Cultivate Annually a due proportion of the Land not less than forty eight poles in every thousand acres with Hemp or Flax.
Eighthly.—That one hundred Yards in breadth above High Water Mark, along the Sea Coast be reserved to the Crown for the free Use and Benefit of all His Majesty's Subjects.
And the Governor or Commander in Chief of his Majesty's province of Quebec for the time being and all others whom it may Concern are required to Carry his Majesty's Commands hereby Signified into Execution.