STATEMENT OF LIMITS CLAIMED BY THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, 22 JANUARY, 1700, AFTER THE TREATY OF RYSWICK, 1697.
HUDSON BAY COMPANY'S RECORD.
Left with the Lds Comissnrs
& Councell of Trade The
22th January 1700.
The Limitts which the Hudsons Bay Company Conceive to be Necessary as Boundaries between the French and them In Hudson Bay (in Case of an Exhange of Places) And that the Compa cannot obtaine the whole Streights & Bay which of Right belongs to Them, Viz.
1st That the French be Limitted not to Trade by wood Runers or otherwise, nor Build any House Factory or Fort, beyond the Bounds of 53 Degrees or Albany River, Vulgarly called Checkewan to the Northward on the West Maine or Coast.
2. That the French be likewise Limitted not to Trade by wood Runers or otherwise nor Build any House Factory or Fort, beyond Ruperts River to the Northward on the East Maine or Coast.
3. On the Contrary the English shall be obleiged not to Trade by wood Runers or otherwise, nor Build any House Factory or Fort beyond the aforesd Lattitude of 53 Degrees or Albany River vulgarly called Checkewan South East Towards Canada, on any Land which belongs to the Hudsons Bay Company.
4th As also the English be likewise obliged not to Trade by wood Runers or otherwise, nor Build any House Factory or Fort beyond Ruperts River to the South East towards Canada, on any Land which belongs to the Hudsons Bay Company.
5th As likewise that neither the French nor English shall at any time hereafter Extend their Bounds contrary to the aforesd Limitations nor Instigate the Natives to make Warr or Joyne with Either, In any Acts of Hostility to the Disturbance or Detrement of the Trade of Either Nation.
Which the French may Verry Reasonable Comply wth for that they by such Limitations will have all the Countrey South Eastward betwixt Albany
Fort & Canada to Themselves which is not onely the Best & most Fertile part, but also a much Larger Tract of Land then can be Suposed to be to the Northward, and the Compa Deprived of that which was Alwayes their undoubted Right.
And unless the Compa can be Secured according to these Propositions they think it will be impossible for them to Continue Long at Yorke Fort (should they exchange wth the French) nor will the Trade Answer their Charge, And therefore, If your Lordshipps cannot obtaine these soe Reasonable Propositions from the French, But that they Insist to have the Limitts setled between Yorke & Albany Fort, as in the Latitude of 55 Degrees or thereabouts. The Company can by noe means agree thereto for that they by such an Agreement will be the Instruments of their owne Ruine never to be Retreived.
Confirmed By the Generall Court of the sd Compa
the 10th of July 1700.