HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY TO THE LORDS OF TRADE, 29th JANUARY, 1701.
HUDSON BAY COMPANY'S RECORD.
Left with the Lds Comissnrs
of Trade the 31th Jany 1700.
To the Rt Honble the Lords Commissrs for Trade & Plantations.
The Hudsons Bay Compa haveing lately Exhibited to your Lordships the Resolution of their Generall Court the 10th July last Concerning Limitts between them & the French in Hudsons Bay. And though the Compa cannot but still Insist upon theire Undoubted Right to the whole Bay & Streights of Hudson, as has been Clearly made out by them.
Yet in Obedience to yor Ldps Lre of the 22d Instant & to Shew how Desireous they are to Comply therewth as much as in them Lyes (& is Consistant wth theire future Safety) they doe further offer to your Lordshipps the following Proposalls of Limitts between them & the French In Hudsons Bay Viz
1st That the French be Limitted not to Trade by wood Runners or otherwaise, nor build any House Factory or Fort to the Northward of Albany River Vulgarly called Chechechewan on the West Maine or Coast
2d That the French be likewise Limitted not to Trade by wood Runners or otherwaise, nor Build any House Factory or Fort to the Northward of Hudson River Vulgarly called Canuse on the West Maine or Coast.
3d On the Contrary the English upon such an Agrement doe Engage not to Trade by wood Runners nor Build any House Factory or Fort to the Southward of Albany River Vulgarly Called Chechechewan on the west Coast on any Ground belonging to the Hudsons Bay Compa.
4th As also the English be likewise Limitted not to Trade by wood Runners or otherwaise, nor build any House Factory or Fort to the Southward of Hudsons River Vulgarly called Canuse River on the East Coast on any Ground belonging to the Hudsons Bay Compa.
5th That all the Islands in the sd Bay & Streights of Hudson Lyeing to the Northward of Albany River on the West Coast & of Hudsons River Vulgarly called Canuse River on the East Coast Shall be & remaine to the English.
6th Likewise that all the Islands in the sd Bay of Hudson Lyeing to the Southward of Albany River on the West Coast, & of Hudsons River Vulgarly Called Canuse River on the East Coast shall be & remaille to the French.
7th 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 wth Either in any Acts of Hostility to the Disturbance or Detrement of the Trade of Either Nation.
These Termes the Compa are willing to agree to, Upon Condition they may be Secured from any Claime, That has been or may be made on them, by Virtue of the 8th Article of the Treaty of Risewick, or by any other matter or thing Relateing to the said Treaty. And If the French thinke fitt to accept thereof the Compa are willing to Exchange Places wth them, But not without Setling of Limitts, for that the sd Eight Article which Saith there Shall be an Exchange of places, doth also say that Limitts Shall be likewise Settled, And it would seme Verry Unreasonable that one Should be performed wthout the other. As to the Compies Nameing of Rivers as Boundaries, & not Lattitudes, the same is more Certaine and Obvious, both to the Natives as well as to Europions (and the Contrary Impractacable) nor can the Latitude be soe well Laid Downe, in that Wild Countrey, the Indians well knowing the one but not the other.
But should the French Refuse the Limitts now Proposed by The Comp' the Company thinke Themselves not bound by this or any former Concessions of the like Nature ; But must (as they have alwayes done) Insist upon their Prior and undoubted Right to the whole Bay & Streights of Hudson which the French never yet would Strictly Dispute or Suffer to be Examin'd into (as knowing ye weakness of their Claime) Though the first Stepp in the sd 8th Article of Risewick Directs the Doeing of it.
By order of the Generall Court of the sd Compa,
WM. POTTER, Secretary.
Janur the 29th 1700