PETITION OF HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY TO THE KING, JUNE, 1761.
(Enclosure in No. 1554, preceding document.)
HUDSON BAY COMPANY'S RECORDS.
TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY
The Humble Petition of the Governor and
Company of Adventurers of England
Trading into Hudsons Bay
That your Majesty having been pleased to Nominate plenipotentiaries to the Congress appointed to be held for a Treaty of Peace Your Petitioners Crave leave humbly to represent
That the French before the Treaty of Utrecht and in Time of Peace Took several of the said Companys Ships in Harbour in Hudsons Bay, And also took Plundered and Dispossessed them of several Factories and Settlements on the Coast thereof. Which Losses and Injuries being under Consideration at the Treaty of Utrecht were admitted, and agreed to be settled and satisfyed by the following Articles thereof.
By the Tenth Article of the said Treaty it was Stipulated, That the most Christian King should restore to the Kingdom and Queen of Great Britain to be Possessed in full Right for ever, The Bay and Streights of Hudson together with all Lands, Seas, Sea Coasts, Rivers and Places situate in the said Bay and Streights and which belong thereunto, no Tracts of Land or Sea being excepted, which were then possessed by the Subjects of France. And it was further Agreed to determine by Commissaries the Limits which were to be fixed between the said Bay of Hudson and the places appertaining to the French which both Subjects were to be forbid to pass over. And
By the Eleventh Article of the said Treaty it is also Stipulated. That the most Christian King, should take care that Satisfaction be given according to Justice and Equity to the Hudsons Bay Company for all Damages and Spoil done to their Colonies, Ships, Persons and Goods by the Hostile Incursions and depredations of the French in time of Peace, an Estimate being to be made thereof by Commissaries to be Named at the requisition of each party.
In consequence of which Articles, Hudsons Bay with all the Coasts thereof then in possession of the French were delivered up and restored to the said Company And Commissaries were appointed to settle the Limits of Hudsons Bay and places belonging to the French as well as to adjust the Damages Sustained by the said Company amounting by an account delivered in the year 1713 to the then Lord Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, to upwards of one Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling exclusive of the Damage Sustained by the Demolition of three of their Forts and Factories Namely, at Charlton Island, Moose River and new Severn, which the French Burnt, But the said Limits were never Settled, nor have the Company ever received any Compensation for the Damages they so Sustained.
That all the Subsequent Treaties between Great Britain and France have confirmed the Treaty of Utrecht so that the Hudsons Bay Company are still Entitled to the Benefits of those Articles made in their Behalf.
Your Petitioners therefore most humbly Pray That your Majesty will be Graciously pleased to Direct that Your Petitioners Rights may be considered and Settled at the approaching Congress, and that they may receive satisfaction agreeable to the Tenour of the said Treaty of Utrecht.
||W. BAKER, GOV.
||JOHN MERRY, Depy Gov.
||JOHN ANTHY MERLE.