INSTRUCTIONS BY GEN. MURRAY TO THOMAS AINSLIE,
re INSPECTION OF THE KING'S POSTS, 23 JUNE, 1760.
CANADIAN ARCHIVES, LETTER-BOOK OF GEN. JAMES MURRAY, 1759-89, Vol. I. pp. 39-40.
You are to proceed with the utmost Expedition to the several Posts of the King's Domain marked in the Marg[in] or such of them as you can conveniently .... to.
You are to require of the Commis Clerks a faithfull account of the Fu[rs] which are in their Hands, and that [they] deliver the same to you ; it has been a usual custom that of what they have killed themselves, they give up half to the King, and other they a[re] paid for at stated prices, which the Miss[iona]ry can give you an account.
You are to get from the Clerk of Ma[lbaye] an account of the Cattle upon his Fa[rm] Specifying the Species, and the Grain [he has] sown this year.
You are to procure from these Clerks [a] return of the Necessaries wanted at ea[ch] Post, and the best time & manner of providing them.
If any are Refractory, or do not comply readily with what is required of them, you will bring them with you, but such whose Behaviour you are satisfied with, you may assure, that they shall be continued in their several Employments and protected.
Finally as we have hitherto had a knowledge of that Country, and the manner of carrying on the Traffick with the Savages only from those whom we have all the Reason in the World to be diffident of, You will endeavour to examine into this matter as narrowly as the circumstances will allo[w] you, and report your observations th[ereon] to me at your Return.
Given under my han[d]
Quebec this 23d June 17