LETTER TO SIR J. TETLEY FORWARDING FROM EAR GREY, A DESPATCH FROM THE GOVERNOR—GENERAL OF CANADA WITH LETTERS FROM WM. KENNEDY MAKING CHARGES AGAINST HUNDSON'S BAY COMPANY AND SIR GEORGE SIMPSON'S REPLY.
C.O. RECORDS 42/552.
SIRJ.TETLEY17 Jan. '49.
I am directed by Earl Grey to transmit to you for your information the accompanying Copy of a Despatch from the Governor General of Canada enclosing copies of letters from Mr. Kennedy containing charges against the Hudson's Bay Company with Sir Geo. Simpson's reply. &c. . . .
[Enclosure 1 in No. 965.]
W. KENNEDY TO THE EARL OF ELGIN AND KINCARDINE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA.
Having been, in June 1838 appointed by the Company to take up my station at one of the Posts situated on the Shores of Hudson's Straits, I had in compliance with this appointment, to travel 600 miles through the interior of Labrador. Two Indians were engaged to convey me this distance, in one of their Bark Canoes. I had not gone one third of this distance when quite accidentally falling in with a solitary family of Indians, I was handed over to them, (for as I could not then speak their language, I could not take part in the transaction,) to find my way as I best could. With these I managed to find my way safely to my destination, and what my Lord, do you think was the reward to this poor family, who had picked me up at the shores of one of Labrador's distant inland Lakes ? The head of it was murdered in a drunken revel, by a fellow Indian, at the very door at which little more than two years before he had safely landed me ; and so far from the Company taking the smallest cognizance of so clear a case of murder, occasioned through their own rum, the culprit who did it roams his native hills, alike unpunished as unconscious of guilt, bearing the distinguished appellation of being one of the “best Fur Hunters ” at Fort Nascopie, which is seemingly a sufficient protection.