THE EARL OF DARTMOUTH TO THE LORDS OF TRADE.*
To the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of Plantations.
My Lords and Gentlemen.—The Queen has commanded me to transmit to you the enclosed Petition of the Hudson's Bay Company, that you may consider of it and report your opinion, what orders may properly be given upon the several particulars mentioned. In the meantime, I am to acquaint you that the places and countries therein named, belonging of right to British subjects, Her Majesty did not think fit to receive any Act of Cession from the French King, and has therefore insisted only upon an order from that Court for delivering possession to such persons as should be authorized by Her Majesty to take it ; by this means the title of the Company is acknowledged, and they will come into the immediate enjoyment of their property without further trouble.
My Lords and Gentlemen.
Your most humble servant,
Whitehall, May 27th, 1713.
* Reprinted from Joint Appendix of Documents, Ontario–Manitoba Boundary Case (P.C.), p. 576.