LEASE OF KING'S POSTS, 18 MAY, 1785, TO THOS. DUNN AND JOHN GRAY FOR TEN YEARS, 1785-1795 (SUMMARIZED).
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To "Thomas Dunn, William Grant and Peter Stuart. . . . .to the first day of October. . . . .One thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-five upon the several covenants, conditions, payment of rents and services particularly mentioned in the said lease of September, One thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-two."
"Provided always that the said lease. . . . .shall be subject to the disapprobation of His Majesty. . . . . ."
LETTER, 6 JUNE, 1786, LT.-GOV. HOPE TO
THOS. DUNN, WM. GRANT AND PETER STUART,
RESCINDING LEASE OF KING'S POSTS.
ARCHIVES OF CANADA, SERIES Q VOL. 26, p. 403
Quebec 6th June 1786.
In answer to your Memorial which I received this morning regarding the Posts commonly called the King's Posts whereof you are now Lessees under a Lease which will expire on the 30th of September next, I must acquaint you, that His Majesty's Commands signified to me by The Right Honble. Lord Sydney one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State to grant a new Lease of the said Posts to Messrs. Alexander and George Davison and Francois Baby to commence from the 1st of October next, are positive and explicit and must be obeyed.
The Circumstances you represent, shall nevertheless meet with due attention.
The regrets of the Indians with whom by virtue of your Lease, you have been connected, at losing the good offices they have so long experienced from your friendship and care, are natural, and I doubt not perfectly just, these cannot however, you must be sensible prove a bar against a new Lease to the other Persons to whom His Majesty has been pleased to order the same to be granted, who enjoying this Mark of the Royal favor must be bound by every tie to treat favourably the Indians thus entrusted in some measure to their Protection, and it shall be my business to state to them in the strongest terms the force of this obligation.
I am not at this moment sufficiently informed on the Nature of the Lease in question to give a definitive Answer to your Claim on the New Lessees for reimbursement of your Expenditures in Buildings &c. and for payment of Debts due to you, but you may rest assured that your rights in these matters shall be maturely considered, and that justice shall be rendered to you therein.
I am with regard
Your most obedient
(sign'd) HENRY HOPE.
A true copy.
THOS. DUNN, WM. GRANT & PETER STUART Esqrs. Lessees of the Kings Posts.
LEASE, 21 JUNE, 1786, OF THE KING'S POSTS TO ALEX. DAVISON, GEO. DAVISON AND FRANCIS BABY (SUMMARIZED).
[To] Alexander and George Davison and Francis Baby. . . . .until the first day of October. . . . .one Thousand seven hundred and ninety-six. . . . .[and] that the said Lessees. . . . .shall moreover, hold possession. . . . . unto the first day of October which will be in the year of our Lord 1802, if notice to quit shall not be given. . . . .PAYING therefor yearly. . . . .the sum of FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS, estimating Spanish milled Dollars at five shillings each.