GENERAL MURRAY TO GENERAL AMHERST, 27 MARCH, 1761.
ARCHIVES OF CANADA, LETTER-BOOK OF GEN. JAMES MURRAY, 1759-
89, pp. 63-64. VOL. III.
Quebec, March 27th, 1761.
My Dear General—
The discovery wch Mr. Gage acquaints you, he has made of the Kings rights in Canada, he had from me ; I hereby send you Copy of a paper, wch has been Sent to the first Lord of the Treasury in a letter with a flying Seal, under Cover to Mr Pit, it will inform you of every thing, & I shall expect instructions from home, relative to the Kings Domaine in my Government, In the mean time as I have acquainted his grace, I have asserted the Kings Claims in every respect ;
THOS. AINSLIE TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, REPORTING ON HIS PROCEEDINGS IN 1760-1762.
In answer to your favour of the 5th Instant I beg leave to acquaint you that in June 1760 Our then Governor, General Murray was pleased to appoint me his Majesty's Agent of the Domaine on the North side of the River St. Lawrence; and directed that I should provide myself with a Vessel and all the necessarys for these Posts; go down, & take the savages of that Domaine under the protection of the King.
I accordingly made the necessary provision, and sailed about the end of July following accompanied by the Revd. Mr. Cocquart the priest who had the charge of these particular Tribes. On our arrival at Malbaye I had an account of the farm and the Stock on
it. . . . .
In June 1761 I went down again visited the posts posts of Malbaye, Tadoussac, Chicoutimi, & Isles Jeremie. I found them all in such repair as prevented request from the Commis for Materials. At Chicoutimi I had engaged to meet the Indians of St Johns, Chummumchuan & Mistacine1 & some others on the 24th June 1762 at their request, this appointment I was not disposed to Brake, therefore mentioned it to the Governor, who approved of it and directed me to signify this to Collect the Commis when I sent down the supplys. That fall I went to England and being later in returning
i[n] 1762 than I expected His Excellency was pleased to send down Mr. John Gray to supply my place & meet the Indians at Chicoutimi from whence & all the other posts he brought up the Returns to Quebec.
About the 25th July 1762 being off the Seven Islands in the Lord Anson on my return to Quebec, I quitted her and Went a shore near Egg Island, where I mett with two Indian Boys belonging to the Isles Jeremie with whome I went there and, from thence, in a canoe to Tadoussac & so to Quebec about the beginning of August. I enquired of Gariepi & Hervieux the Commis of these posts how matters were, & he acquainted me of Mr. Grays Visite. As I did not know his Excellencys intention of making any alteration, I enquired if they wanted any thing, & they answered No. At that time the posts of Kings Domaine were in good repair, & the people free of complaint, tho they had in addition to their number of Lieut Fortye of the 35th Regt. with thirty Men Quartered at Tadoissac [sic.], Chicoutimi, & Isles Jeremie.
On my arrival at Quebec His Excellency intimated to me his intentions of Leasing the posts to Mr. Gray, whom he directed to settle with & pay me the outfitts, in October 1761 together with my sallary amounted to £2721..6..0 Currency which he did the October following ; & Mr. Gray receiv'd the posts in September 1762 not in the state I left them without any Inventory from me or any compensation made on behalf of the Crown at the settlement except my Sallary & Outfits as above, which closed the Transaction.
If any explanation of this Letter should be thought necessary for the further Information of the Commander in Chief or of you as Inspr of His Majesty's Domaine I shall think it my duty to wait on you
|Quebec 7th August, 1786
J. WILLIAMS Esqr.
I have the Honor to be with great respect
Your most obet. Humble servant
Entered in Documents page 28.
1Lake St. John, Chamuchuan and Mistassini.