PETITION OF HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY TO THE QUEEN, 23rd MAY, 1713.
HUDSON BAY COMPANY'S RECORD.
Presented ye 23th of
To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.
The Humble Petition of the Governor and Compa of Adventurers of England Traideing into Hudsons Bay.
That your Petitioners Being inform'd that the Act of Cession is Come over whereby amongst other matters thereby consorted, The french King Obleiges himselfe to restore to Your Majesty (or to whom your Majesty Shall appoint to take possession thereof) the Bay and Streights of Hudson Together with all the Lands Seas Sea Coasts Rivers and places Situate in the said Bay & Streights, as also all forts and Edifices whatsoever intire and not Demolished, Together with Gunns Shott powder and other warlike provisions, (as mentioned in the 10th Article of the present treaty of Peace) within 6 months after the Rattification thereof or sooner If Possible it may be Done.
Your Petitioners doe most humbly Pray your Majesty will be Graciously Pleased to Direct the said Act of Cession may be, Transmitted to Your Petitioners, as also your Majestys Commission to Capt. James Knight & Mr. Henry Kelsey to Authorise them or Either or them to take possession of the Premises above mentioned & to Constitute Capt. James Knight to be Governor of the Forts so called Port Nelson and all other forts Edefices Lands Seas Rivers and places Afforesaid, & the Better to Enable your Petitioners to Recover the same they Humbly Pray your Majesty to give order they may have A small man of Warr to Depart with their Ship by the 12d. day of June next Ensueing wch Shipp may in all probability Returne in the month of Octr next.
And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray &c.
By Order of the Hudsons Bay Compa.
W. P., Seer.