LEASE OF THE KING'S POSTS, 1762.
CANADIAN ARCHIVES, Q. 25.
This Indenture made at Quebec the Twentieth day of September in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-two, between His Excellency James Murray, Esquire, Governor of Quebec and dependancies thereof, in behalf of His Majesty on the one part, and Thomas Dunn and John Gray, merchants of Quebec of the other part.—Witnesseth, That for and in consideration of the Rent and Covenants herein after reserved and contained on the part and behalf of the said Thomas Dunn and John Gray their Executors and administrators, to be paid, kept and performed, His said Excellency Governor James Murray in behalf of His Majesty hath demised, granted and to farm letten and by these presents doth demise and grant and to farm let unto the said Thomas Dunn and John Gray the several Posts for carrying on the Indian Trade and several sorts of Fishery heretofore known in this Province by the name of Kings Posts, with all and singular the impliments, profits, commodities and appurtenances thereunto belonging or appertaining to have & to hold the said Posts, with their and every of their appurtenances before mentioned, for and during the term of one year certain, from the first day of October next ensuing, as also for the term of fourteen years from the first of October, One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-three, yielding and paying therefore yearly and every year during the said term unto the Governor of Quebec for the time being, or to whom His Majesty shall please to appoint, the Sum of Four Hundred pounds this currency, in one payment upon the first day of October of every year during the continuance of this present Lease, providing no order to the contrary should arrive from Great Britain. In case the said contrary orders should not arrive before the Month of June in the next or any of the subsequent years it is the true intent and meaning of this Indenture, The said Thomas Dunn and John Gray shall enjoy the same until the first of October of the year following, as before the month of June supplies must be sent to the said Posts for twelve months to come, owing to the nature of the commerce carried on with the Indians, & the navigation of the River St. Lawrence being practicable only a certain time and that were the said Lessees obliged to relinquish these Posts after their advances and dispositions made for another year, they must be subject. to very considerable losses and the said Thomas Dunn & John Gray shall be at liberty to relinquish the same, they also on their parts giving twelve months notice, to the Governor for the time being, that the Crown may take proper measures for supplying the same, and if it should happen the said Yearly Rent of Four Hundred Pounds or any part thereof should be behind and unpaid by the space of thirty days after the expiration
of the Year, then the Governor of Quebec for the time being for and in behalf of His Majesty or whom He shall appoint to re-enter, have, repossess and enjoy the same again, and the said Thomas Dunn and John Gray their Executors, Administrators and Assigns thereat and from thence expel and put out anything herein to the contrary therefore in any wise notwithstanding, and the Said Honorable James Murray Esquire, Governor of Quebec doth for and in behalf of His Majesty Warrant the said Thomas Dunn and John Gray from all intrusion by any other Traders whatsoever, and in particular from such as shall possess and live at the farm of Malbaye which from its situation and easy communication therewith might otherwise intirely distroy their Trade for and during the continuance of the present Lease as do the said Thomas Dunn and John Gray agree for themselves their Executors, Administrators and Assigns, or some or One of them, shall and will at their own proper costs and charges, support keep and maintain all the appurtenances of the said Posts in such order as they receive them ; and the Said Honorable James Murray Esquire, Governor of Quebec for and in behalf of His Majesty his Heirs and Successors doth covenant & grant to and with the said Thomas Dunn and John Gray their Executors, Administrators and Assigns that they he said Thomas Dunn and John Gray their Executors, Administrators and Assigns paying the said yearly rent of Four Hundred Pounds above reserved in manner aforesaid, and performing all and every covenants and agreements herein before contained, which on their parts and behalfs are or ought to be paid, done, or performed; shall and may peaceably and quietly possess and enjoy the said Posts, hereby demised for and during the term hereby granted, with the aforementioned provisa, without the trouble or interruption.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto Interchangeably Set our hands and Seals the day and year afore written
I do hereby certify that the foregoing deed is a true and correct copy taken from the original as recorded in the English Register Office of Enrollements for the Province of Quebec
GEO. POWNALL, Sec.
ENDORSED: Certified copy of the Lease of the King's Domain at Tadousac &ca. granted by Governor Murray to
Thomas Dunn & John Gray
20th Sept. 1762.