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No. 1124.

GOVERNOR SIMPSON TO D. A. SMITH.
(EXTRACT.)

RECORDS, HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY.
1st April 1853.
. . . . “You seem very desirous that arrangements should be made with the Roman Catholic Missionaries in Canada to proceed to Esquimaux Bay by way of Mingan, but after duly considering the matter I think we had better leave things as they are. It is very doubtful that any benefit would result from the proposed flying visit of the Canadian Missionaries, while it is quite certain they would be productive of expense and inconvenience in many respects, not the least of which would be the opening up a communication between Mingan and NW River, by which route we would soon find that a great part of our Esquimaux Bay trade made its way into the hands of our Rivals on the St. Lawrence. Another reason for not encouraging Romish priests from Canada to form a footing on the Labrador Coast is that, the Bishop of Ruperts Land has established a Church of England mission at East Maine, to which it would be both desirable and convenient that the Indians of F. Nascopie and other parts beyond the height of lands (who it seems are so particularly anxious to obtain instructions) should resort, more especially, as it is in contemplation to have the Ungava country re-explored this year, and with a view to the re-establishment of a Post at Ungava Bay, in which case, it may be found expedient to abandon F. Nascopie and to withdraw the Indians further into the Interior and consequently nearer the Eastmain Mission. . . .”



No. 1125.                                      C
  
GOVERNOR SIMPSON TO A. COMEAU AT SEVEN ISLANDS.

RECORDS, HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY.
Lancine, 9th Septr. 1857.
. . . “I fear we cannot prevent the Esquimaux Bay Indians visiting the St. Lawrence posts occasionally, while we pay such high prices for furs. I believe those high prices rather than the missions are the chief attention. I observe you have raised the tariff for furs at Seven Islands, and that 35/- is now paid for Martens at that rate the business cannot be remunerative. . . .”

[1927lab]


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