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No. 1246.

GENERAL MURRAY TO WILLIAM PITT, 22 OCTOBER, 1760.


ARCHIVES OF CANADA. LETTER-BOOK OF GEN. JAMES MURRAY, 1759-89, BUNDLE II, pp. 37-39, VOL. III.

Sir :
Hitherto I have given you an account of the affairs of this country in my military capacity, now that his Majesty has the quiet possession of it I imagine it will not be disagreeable to know what I have learnt concerning it in other respects.
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In my Government I have open'd the fur trade to all ranks of men with out distinction, it was, as I have observed formerly confined to few. I shall give particular attention to the Indians, and that they are not cheated, or abused by the Traders and I have not hitherto allow'd the vending of Spirituous liquors so distractive to the Troops, and all in general of which some of our provinces are melancholy examples. I have sent Detachments to the Kings posts of Tadusack, Chicutimi, the Sept Isles, and those of Jeremi and have appointed M. Ainsley Agent for his Majesty in those posts. The French King used to let them for six or seven hundred livers pr an but I am informed they should yeald a much greater rent, of late years the King occupy'd them by his own comis, & they surrender'd to me five or six days after the raising of the seige of Quebec but His Majestys Magazines were afterwards seized by the Navy, and the furrs to the amount of 1600 pounds were sold by Lord Colvils orders, & deem'd lawfull prise. I remonstrated Against this proceeding, and claim'd it for the King. I have [39] the honor to enclosed 2 the papers relative to this affair, & I hope for the future there will be such orders and laws established for this country that the inhabitants may depend upon the faith of the British Governor. I have had no dispute with the gentlemen of the navey about this matter. I am too sensible how essential it is for the Kings affairs that a constant harmony should subsist betwixt the two services, and therefore I think it indispensibly my duty to lay this matter before you for your decision.

(Unsigned rough draft in Murray's handwriting.)

Endorsed : From Governor Murray to Mr. Pitt 22 Octr 1760.

2 In a different handwriting.

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