GEN. AMHERST TO GEN. MURRAY, 6 MARCH, 1761.
ARCHIVES OF CANADA.
COPY FROM LETTER-BOOK OF GENERAL MURRAY, 1759-89 BUNDLE III.
New York, 6th March, 1761.
Dear Sir :
I have waited some time for the arrival of a packet, but none comes, and as there is intelligence here, of her having sailed from England on 29th December, there is too much reason to apprehend some accident has happened to her, so I shall not delay any longer answering your several letters, which I proposed to have done, at the same time that I sent you what arrived by the packet, besides I have now an opportunity of sending this by an officer of the 48th who is going to joyn his regiment.
I am glad you have made up the affair of the murder of the two Tadousac Indians, the Master of the Schooner is an inhabitant of this place, has a good character and the affair being accommodated, gives great pleasure to people here.
General Gage has acquainted me that he has discovered the King has a right to the fifth of the sales of all Fiefs or Lordships, likewise to Fines of Alienations, upon all exchanges of inheritance, amongst the inhabitants, and that in consequence he would propose an ordonnance, to be published in support of those rights, and to obligate all new seigneurs to do hommage for their manors according to custom. I have begged of him to send information to you and Colonel Burton of every thing he does on this head, and you will please to pursue the same measures, as far as you shall think adviseable and applicable to your Government. [sic.] by what I understand from General Gage this right extends through all Canada, the Lordship of Montreal, excepted only in one part.
I send you the several letters which I have wrote to the officers under your command open for your approval.
Honorable Governor MURRAY.
Endorsed : SIR JEFFERY AMHERST, 6th March, 1761.