PETITION AND INFORMATION OF GEO. PLANTE TO SESSIONS OF THE PEACE, DISTRICT OF QUEBEC,
1 SEPTEMBER, 1788,
COMPLAINING OF BREACHES BY PIERRE MARCOUX IN ESQUIMAUX BAY, OF PROHIBITING THE SALE OF LIQUOR TO INDIANS.
To their Honors the Commissioners of the Peace for the District of Quebec or any of them.
The Petition & Information of George Plante of Quebec Trader.
That Pierre Marcoux of Quebec Trader hath in the Course of the last winter & spring at various times been guilty of the most flagrant contraventions of the Ordinances of this Province made and passed the 29th of March 1777 Intitled “ An ordinance to prevent the selling strong liquors to the Indians of this Province &ca chapter 7th By carrying into the Indian Country in the Bay of Kichatcoux or Bay Eskimaux without the straits of Belisle on the Coast of Labrador, quantities of Goods wares & Merchandize as well as strong liquors, and there setling himself and his servants for the purpose of trading with the Indians, to whom he hath not only distributed or disposed of Rum and other strong liquors himself, but caused the same to be so distributed or disposed of, and by means of the said Goods wares and Merchandize so carried as aforesaid, hath trade with the Indians in the country aforesaid, and that without Licence as directed & required by the aforesaid Ordinance
That from these several contraventions which the Informant is ready to prove the said pierre Marcoux is lyable to & ought to be condemned in the penalties & forfeitures following to witt : For distributing or disposing of Rum and other strong liquors to Indians without Licence In the penalty of five pounds and one month of Imprisonment for the first offence. For settling in the said Indian Country without Licence in the penalty of ten pounds, for the first offence ; and for carrying and sending into the said Indian Country upon Lands not granted by his Majesty Goods wares and Merchandize & provisions without Licence the Sum of Fifty pounds, all which
fines and forfeitures do of right belong to and ought to be distributed as the said ordinance directs between his Majesty and the Informant.
Wherefor the Informant as well for and on behalf of His Majesty the King that now is as for himself Prays Your Honors that summary proceeding may be had in the premises & Judgement & Execution Issue as the said Ordinance Directs.
According to Justice
Quebec 1st September, 1788
WRIT OF SUMMONS, 1 SEPTEMBER, 1788,
TO PIERRE MARCOUX, JR.,
TO ANSWER GEO. PLANTE'S COMPLAINT.
District de Quebec.
Par Thomas Scott, Louis Deschenaux Ecuyers Commissaires de la Paix.
A Pierre Marcoux fils—Marchd a Berthier
Il vous est enjoint et Ordonné de comparaitre dans la Chambre de la Cour, dans la Ville de Québec, devant les Susdits Commissaires de la paix lundi le huitieme jour de Septembre courant à dix heures du Matin pour
District of Quebec.
By THOMAS SCOTT, LOUIS DESCHENAUX, Esquires,
Commissioners of the Peace,
To PIERRE MARCOUX, Junior, Merchd at Berthier.
You are hereby commanded and required to appear at the Court House in the city of Quebec, before the aforesaid Commissioners of the Peace, Monday the eighth day of September, current, at ten o'clock in the forenoon to answer to the complaint made against you by George Plant of several
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Ne manquez pas sous peine de Dix Louis d'amendes, Donné à Québec le 1 jour de Septembre 1788.
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Je soussigné Lieutenant de milice dans la parroisse de Berthier en bas de Quebec certifie avoir signifié copie du present ordre et le papier y annexé à Pierre Marcoux fils parlant à sa personne à Berthier le 3 Jour de septembre mil sept cent quatre vingt huit
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FRANCOIS MARCIER (MERCIER)
contraventions of the Ordinance passed the 28th day of March, 1777, intitled : An Ordinance to prevent the selling of strong liquors &ca to the Indians of this Province, as contained in the annexed Declaration. . . .
Herein fail not under pain of a fine of Ten Pounds sterling. Given at Quebec the 1st of September, 1788.
By order of the Court,
I, the undersigned, lieutenant of militia in the parish of Berthier, below Quebec, do hereby certify that I did serve Pierre Marcoux, junior, with the copy of this Writ of Summons and the annexed Declaration, speaking to him personally at Berthier on the 3rd day of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.
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FRANCOIS MARCIER (MERCIER).