[Enclosure 1 in No. 961.]
EXTRACT FROM LETTER FROM WM. KENNEDY TO SIR GEORGE SIMPSON.
HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY'S HASTER MEAD OFFICE RECORDS.
Fort Nascopie, 16th Jan. 1843.
“Whether the appearance at length in this quarter of a large “party of strange Indians, from Eastmain, consisting of twenty “families, be considered as an addition to good news is not for me “to say, for I even fear to inform your Excellency of my being “apprehensive lest it should prove to be the last and greatest of all “disappointments to which Ungava ever gave birth ; in any case this “Post, for such an unlooked-for call, could not possibly have been “less prepared, as so far from there having been the smallest “provision made in the Outfit of this year for such an unexpected “event, it was short in the most essential of all articles of trade by “300 lbs. powder! I have as yet seen but five of the above Party, “but all the fur they brought was 2 cross foxes and 7 martens, with a “few deerskins, this they said was all the entire party had. Ever since “having taken up their Station in this district, they have been hunting “in a body and never proceeded higher up south of Canniapiscaw “River than where it is united with Natauagamy, or that by which “they were led down to a distance of about 60 miles from Ft. “Chimo. I treated them with all the kindness in my power, and got “them to promise that they would come up and occupy the wooded “sections of the Country. Being strangers, and I suppose not over “confident of their neighbours, who look upon them with a jealous “eye, they are unwilling to scatter themselves over the Country for “the present; they therefore intend visiting this Post in a body before “the navigation opens, preparatory to which I am now about sending “every disposable hand to Esquimaux Bay for a supply of articles as “have already run out, most of which I know Mr. Nourse can “supply.”