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nouveau, ne Scauront plus a qui jls [sic.] auront a faire, châcum tirera et pourra fauder de son côtè, Les Sauvages s'alieneront de Leur affection et se retireront dans les autres postes Ecartès ou L'abondance de l'Eau de vie Les attire dejâ que trop. Et enfin Les traittes de Tadoussac autres fois si vantèes se reduiront a rien, et ces contrèes autres fois si populèes deviendront desertes, Car jl [sic.] faut observer que depuis plusieurs annèes les Sauvages des terres ont diminuè tant par la mortalitè que par le nombre de ceux qui se sont Retirès a La Baye D'hudson a cause de La chèrte des Marchandises.
Dailleurs Les Bestes fauves sont presque detruittes ce qui fait que ces mêmes Sauvages ont beaucoup de peine a trouver Leur subsistence dans les forests, jl [sic.] en meurt de fain et de misere tout les ans, sur tout L'hyver dernier Lequel a Etè Rude, il a peri nombre de familles ; quant a ceux du bord de La mer le fermier Leur fournit de vivres.
Les jnconveniens [sic.] qui peuvent rèsulter de tout cecy, point de sauvages, point de chasse, point de credits payès, ny par consequent de traitte a Esperer.
Autre article que Monseigneur L'jntendant [sic.] est suppliè d'observer, c'est que dans le fait en question, supposant que le bail ne subsiste plus, toute rests en suspens, quel derangement cela ne causera t jl [sic.] pas dans les comptes, Le mois de juin dermier et apres Les jnventaires [sic.] faits jl [sic.] se trouve, que Les marchandises, ustencils, Vivres etc. appartiennent tant au S. Cugnet ancien fermier, qu'au nouveau ; En supposant qu'jl [sic.] y ait un nouveau fermier L'annèe prochaine tous les Effets appartiendront a trois differens fermiers Quel cahos et qu'elles difficultes cela ne produirs t jl [sic.] pas, et quand pourra t'on en avoir Le fin.
Tous les faits cy dessus alleguès par La Ve fornel Et Compge ne Le



(Translation.)

The Indians will be estranged in their affection and withdraw to other distant posts where brandy is already too much of an attraction for them. Lastly, the trades of Tadoussac, once so famous, would be reduced to nothing, and these countries, formerly so densely settled, shall become deserted. In fact, it must be pointed out that for several years the number of inland Indians has decreased both as a result of deaths and through a great many of them having withdrawn to Hudson bay on account of the high price of goods.
Moreover, the wild animals are almost entirely destroyed and, in consequence, these same Indians experience great difficulty in finding their maintenance in the forests; every year, some of them die of starvation, especially during last winter which was a very severe one and when several families perished ; as to those of the sea-shore they were supplied with food by the lessee.
The disadvantages likely to arise from all this would be : No Indians, no hunting, no debts paid and, in consequence, no trade to be expected.
Another point which Monseigneur the Entendant is requested to note, is that under the circumstances alluded to, should the lease no longer subsist, everything is held in suspense ; what a disturbance would not this cause in the accounts. In the month of June last and after the inventories have been made, it happens that the goods, utensils, provisions, &c., belong to the Sieur Cugnet, former lessee, as well as to the new one ; in the event of there being a new lessee next year, all the effects would belong to three different lessees. What a mess and what a confusion would this not give rise to and when could one expect to see the end of it all.
Every one of the foregoing facts as alleged by Veuve Fornel and Company are only recited

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sont que pour faire connoistre Le mal, que tous ces changemens subits peuvent produire a Leur Jnterrets [sic.] et a eaux du Roy, parcequ'au lieu de faire augmenter La ferme cela ne peut que La diminuer ainsy La Ve fornel et Compge. soutiennent Respectueusement La validitè du Bail qui Leur a Etè fait par Mondit Seigneur L'Jntendant [sic.] at Recu par La nouillier et Sanginet notaires en presence de Mr Le Controlleur de la marine Le neuf Septembre mil sept cent quarante neuf, et demande que La jouissance Leur soit continuee jusqu'a La fin des six annèes, a deffant persistent a demander qu'jl [sic.] Leur soit Remboursè et payè Lannèe prochaine 1751. La Somme de IXXVm IIIc xxxVIIl XVIIs pour raison des depenses et pertes que leur a produit L'annèe de jouissance du Bail, et en outre La somme de quatorze mil livres pour la non jouissance des cinq annèes restantes a Expirer dud. Bail. C'est ce que Lad. Ve fornel et Compge. Esperent de La Justice et de L'Equite de Monseigneur L'Jntendant [sic.].

VE FORNEL ET COMPAGE.



(Translation.)

in order to point out the harm which all such sudden changes are likely to cause to their interests and to those of the King, as, instead of improving the leasehold it could only tend to impair it. Therefore Veuve Fornel and Company respectfully submit that they uphold the validity of the lease which was granted to them by the said Monseigneur the Intendant and executed by the notaries Lanouillet and Kauguinet in the presence of the Comptroller of the Marine on the ninth of September, one thousand seven hundred and forty-nine, and pray that the enjoyment thereof be continued to them until the expiration of the six years, in default of which they persist in their request for the reimbursement and payment to them, next year 1751, of the sum of 75,337 livres 17s. in consideration of the expenditure and Losses incurred by them during the year's enjoyment of the lease, and further of the sum of fourteen thousand livres for the non-enjoyment of the remaining five years to run of the said lease. The above being what Veuve Fornel and Company expect from Monseigneur the Intendant's sense of justice and fairness.
VEUVE FORNEL ET COMPAGNIE.

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