EXTRACT FROM INSTRUCTIONS TO THE KING'S RECEIVER GENERAL IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, 10 MARCH, 1766.
PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICE. TREASURY DOCUMENT T. 28, VOL. I, p. 88.
His Majesty having by his Commission under his Royal Sign Man1 dated the 10th day of July 1765 appointed you Receiver General and Collector of all the patrimony Estates Revenues Farms Taxes Tythes Duties Imposts Profits and Casualties whatsoever (his Revenue of Customs always excepted) belonging to his Majesty and which had arisen or should arise within his Majesty's Province of Quebec, And his Majesty having in the same Commission required you to follow such Orders Rules & Instructions as you should receive from his Majesty as therein is mentioned, or from the Commrs of his Majesty's treasury or his Majts High Treasurer for the time being. We the Commrs of his Majesty's, Treasury now being have thought fit to give unto you the Orders Rules and Instructions herein after contained for your Government in the Execution of the Trust committed to you in and by the said Recited Commission That is to say . . .
We having been informed that the Posts and places of resort to which the Indian & Savage Nations used at stated times of the year to come with their Furrs and peltries were formerly kept as part of the Kings Domain and Estate, But that a Lease of the said Posts and places both been granted by Govr Murray to a Company of Merchants for a term of years upon the same plan as when the Country was subject to the French King, You are hereby strictly directed to examine into the nature and condition of that Lease, and acquaint us for his Majesty's Information whether in your opinion by the continuance of the said Lease, the Confidence of the Savages may be gained and their affections to his Majestys Government be conciliated and preserved in the most effectual manner ; or whether the sd purposes may not be better answered & obtained by opening a free intercourse of Trade between them and the Province. . .
And lastly We charge and require you Annually to transmit to the Commrs of his Majesty's Treasury for the time being Exact Accounts of all Your Receipts and payments and other Your Transactions in the premisses taking care that Duplicates thereof be sent by different Ships to prevent the Consequences of any Miscarriages by dangers of the Seas. Given under Our hands at the Treasury Cham hers in Whitehall the 10th day of March 1766.
To our very loving Friend Thos Mills Esqr. Recr. General
& Colin of his Majts Revenues arising within the Province
Quebec the Revenue of Customs Excepted.