GEN. MURRAY TO LORD COLVILLE, 26 JUNE, 1760.
CANADIAN ARCHIVES, LETTER-BOOK OF GEN. JAMES MURRAY, 1759-
89, pp. 41-42, VOL. I.
Quebec 26th June 1760.
The Indian Trade is carried on belo[w] at different Posts in the Country, some belong[ing] to the King, some the private Property of Indi[viduals]. At each of the King's Posts there is a resid[ent] Clerk, who receives the Stores they are supplied i.... deals with the Indians for their Furs, and giv[es] an account of the produce every Year. By reason of our Fleet's coming into the River last Campaign, they had been ill furnishe[d] the French employed as well as Indians we[re] near Famished, and they were obliged to aba[ndon] one of the King's Posts. Least this might be [the] case with others, and as they may hereaft[er] prove a Source of Riches to our Mother Cou[ntry] not being able in our present Circumstanc[es] to attend to such Matters, I have employed this year some Gentlemen whom I could depend upon, to supply what was proper to be sent, and have given them the Profit. For this purpose I have invested Mr. Thomas Ainslie with the proper powers to traffick with these people, and he goes down with a Cargo to supply their Necessities. I must therefore Request you will give him the proper Passeports for himself and Vessell, and that you will give positive instructions to your Cruisers not to interfere or suffer any Body else to interfere in this Affair, As it requires Care and attention to manage these Savages, and we[re] they once put out of their usual Channel [of] carrying on Business, they probably would [go] off, and might prove a most difficult matter ever to regain them—Annexed I send your Lordship the names of the King's Posts, and an Inventory of the Goods I have allowed to be .... carried to them.
The more I consider this Affair, [the] more I think myself obliged to act as I [have] and have the Honor to be with Regard