GOVERNOR OF HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY TO ADAM CARDONELL, SECRETARY TO THE DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH, HER BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S PLENIPOTENTIARY AT THE HAGUE, 2nd APRIL, 1709.
HUDSON BAY COMPANY'S RECORD.
London, ye 2d Aprill, 1709.
Herewith you will receive a Booke of the Transactions between England & France anno 1687 Relating to Hudsons Bay, as also a map of the said coasts, which Conta not only the whole Bay & Streights of Hudson, which the Compa by their charter are Rightfully Entituled to, But likewise & of New France, Quebeck &ca belonging to the French, who have not only for many years been unjustly possessed of Yorke Fort alias Port Nelson in the said Bay of Hudson but by that means may extend their settlements even to halfe that vast Tract of Land belonging to the Compa, In their Humble Petition to the Queen they Prey that when ever Her Majtu in her great wisdom shall thinke fitt to enter into a Treaty of Peace with the French King, that the said Prince be obliged by such Treaty to Renounce all Right or Pretentions to the Bay & Streights of Hudson, to Quitt & Surrender all Ports & Settlements erected by ye French or which are now in Their Possession, as likewise not to saile any Shipp or Vessell within the Limitts of the Compies Charter & to make Restitution of what they Unjustly dispoiled the Compa of, in times of Peace am° to £108514:19:8 besides Interest am° to much more than the Principall.
Sr you may upon casting your Eye on The Map* observe a Line drawn Cross the Grand Lake Miscosinke Twixt Hudsons Bay & Canada, which may serve as a Boundary between the Two Nations, Viz, The French not to goe to the northward of that Line by wood Runers or otherwise or make any settlement from the same towards Hudsons Bay, nor the English in like maner to the Eastward of the said Line towards Quebeck, whereby both Nations may be Limited in Theire Possesions, for the future I have not to Enlarge but am with all due Respect, Sir
Yr most Humble Servt,
STEP: EVANCE, Govr.
To Adam Cardonnell, Esgr.
* This Map is reproduced in Canada's Atlas, vide Map No. 24A.