MEMORIAL OF THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, MAY, 1815.
HUDSON BAY COMPANY'S RECORDS.
Hudsons Bay House,
To the Right Honourable Earl Bathurst,
Principal Secretary of State for the Colonial Department.
The Humble Memorial and Representation of the
Hudsons Bay Corporation
That by their Charter granted by King Charles the 2nd bearing date the 2nd May 1669 they are authorized to make Laws both Civil and Criminal for the Government of their Territories in North America, so as such Laws be reasonable and not contrary to the laws of England but as near thereto as may be.
That no laws either civil or criminal for this purpose have hitherto been made except such bye laws of the Company as from time to time were found necessary for the Regulation of their Servants and immediate Dependants in their said Territories. But a considerable addition having been made to the Population thereof by a new Colony lately settled there which is likely to increase to a considerable extent it is become necessary that a more enlarged and comprehensive Code should be established for the good Government as well of the Company's Servants as of settlers & others within their Chartered Limits in North America.
That proposed Ordinances for this purpose have been prepared under the advice of Counsel (a printed copy of which is annexed) and ara intended to be sent out to the Company's Settlements in Hudsons Bay by the Ships of this Season which will very shortly sail, but your Memorialists are anxiously desirous that such Ordinances should receive the sanction of His Majesty's Attorney & Solicitor General before they are acted upon.
Your Memorialists therefore humbly pray your Lordship that the said proposed Ordinances may be forthwith submitted to the consideration of His Majesty's Attorney and Solicitor General on behalf of Government that they may report thereon whether the same are in conformity with the said Charter as being reasonable and not contrary to the Laws of England but as near thereto as may be.
And your Memorialists shall ever pray &c. &c.
With Copy of Resolutions passed 19th May, 1815.