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No. 1384.

ST. MODET CONCESSION.

CCONCESSION, 31 MARCH, 1716, OF THE KING, OF RIVIERE DES FRANCOIS (ST. MODET) TO PIERRE CONSTANTIN FOR HIS LIFETIME.

ARCHIVES DE LA PROVINCE DE QUEBEC. REGISTERS OF THE INTENDANTS, SOUVERAIN BOOK 4, FOLIO 52 VERSO.

Aujourd'huy trente une, mars mil sept cent seize. le Roy estant a Paris et estant informe que le sr. Constantin a esté un des premiers qui ait esté du Canada a la decouverte de la coste de Labrad'or pays des esquimaux et mesme qu'il a fait un establissement en la d. coste en vertû d'une concession quy luy a esté accordée par les srs Vaudreuil et Begon gouverneur et intendant au dit pays ; Sa Majesté voulant favoriser l'establissement du dit Constantin a la d. coste elle luy a concede de l'avis de Monsieur le duc d'Orleans son oncle regent quatre lieues de terre de front dans la d. coste, sçavoir deux lieues au dessus en courant au nord est, de l'habitation nommée a present habitation du sr. Constantin sittuée au nord est de la riviere des François et deux lieues au dessous en allant a la de. riviere des François, le tout sur quatre lieues de proffondeur dans les terres, et ensemble les isles, et islots adjacents, aux d. quatre lieues de front, pour en jouir sa vie durant, et tant qu'il fera valoir lad. concession par les pêches et traittes qu'il y fera ; veut Sa Majesté qu'il ayt



(Translation.)

On this clay, the thirty-first of March, one thousand seven hundred and sixteen, the King being in Paris and being informed that the Sieur Constantin was among those who first went from Canada to discover the coast of Labrador, the country of the Esquimaux, and that he has even formed an establishment on the said coast under a concession granted unto him by the Sieurs Vaudreuil and Begon, Governor and Intendant of the said country ; His Majesty, desirous of favouring the establishment of said Constantin on the said coast, has conceded unto him, upon the advice of Monsieur le Duc d'Orléans, his uncle the Regent, four leagues of land in front on the said coast, to wit, two leagues running toward the north-east, above the habitation presently called habitation of the Sieur Constantin, situated north-east of the Riviere-des-François and two leagues below towards the said river des François, the whole by four leagues in depth inland, and also the islands and islets adjacent to the said four leagues in front, to have and to hold the same during his life-time, and so long as he shall develop the said concession by the fisheries and trades that he may carry on there ; it is ordered by His Majesty that, in the said four leagues in front on the said coast and also in the

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seul dans les d. quatre lieues de front sur la d. coste ensemble dans les isles et islots adjacents, la faculté d'y faire la pêsche du loup marin et qu'a l'esgard des autres pêsches, qu'il les fasse concurremment avec les vaisseaux qui viendront a la d. coste, luy permet Sa Majesté de faire la traitte avec tout les Sauvages qui peuvent se trouver sur la d. coste et terre de labrasd'or sans que pour raison de tout ce que dessûs, il soit tenû de payer a Sa Majesté, ny a ses successeurs Roys aucune finance, ny indemnité de laquelle, a quelque somme qu'elle puisse monter Sa Majesté luy a fait don et remise par le present brevet qui sera enregé. au Conseil superieur de Quebec, et partout ou besoin sera, et que Sa Majesté pour temoignage de sa volonté, a voulû signer de sa main et estre contresigné par moy Coner. secretaire d'Estat et de ses commandements et finances, signé Louis et plus bas Phelypeaux, avec paraphe, et plus has est escrit.
Aujourd'huy le titre de confirmation cy dessus et la copie collationnée de la concession accordées au dit Constantin ont esté regées. au greffe du Conseil superieur de Quebec suivant son arrest de ce jour, par moy Coner. secretaire du Roy Greffier en chef du dit Conseil, soussigné ; a Quebec le dix neuf avril mil sept cent dix sept :
DE MONSEIGNAT.



(Translation.)

adjoining islands and islets, he have the exclusive right to catch seal, and that, as regards the other fisheries, he shall make them concurrently with the vessels coming to the coast, and he is authorized by His Majesty to trade with all the Indians who may be on the said coast and land of Labrador without being held, in respect of all the above, to pay unto His Majesty, or to the Kings his successors any tax or indemnity of which, to whatever sum they may amount to, His Majesty has made him a gift and remission under the present patent which shall be registered at the Superior Council of Quebec, and wherever necessary, and that His Majesty, as an evidence of His will, has been pleased to sign with His own hand and have countersigned by me, Councillor, Secretary of State and of His Majesty's Household and Treasury. Signed Louis, and further down, Phelypeaux, with a flourish, and still further down is written :
The deed of the above confirmation and the collated copy of the concession granted to the said Constantin have this day been registered at the Record Office of the Superior Council of Quebec in pursuance of its decree of this day, by me, Councillor, Secretary to the King, Chief Clerk of the said Council, the undersigned ; at Quebec, the nineteenth day of April one thousand seven hundred and seventeen :

DE MONSEIGNAT.

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