EXTRACT OF MINUTES OF EVIDENCE OF J. H. PELLY, CHAIRMAN OF HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, BEFORE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINES (BRITISH SETTLEMENTS), 1837.
PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS (IIM.) 1837, VOL. VII, p. 68.
Mercurii, 22° die Martii, 1837.
John Henry Pelly, Esq., called in ; and Examined.
328. Chairman.—YOU are chairman of the Hudson's Bay Company ?—
329. Can you state in general terms over what districts the power of hat company extends ?—It extends all the way from the boundaries of Lower and Upper Canada, away to the North Pole, as far as the land goes, Ind from the Labrador coast all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
330. Have you ever formed a conjecture as to the quantity of square miles there are in this territory ?—No, I have not ; the territory in property belonging to the Hudson's Bay Company is the height of land from which ,he water falls into the bay ; the other part is the property of Great Britain ; he part held by us exclusively is under grant from the Crown, under the Act If Parliament.
331. Which do you claim exclusively as your own ?—All the waters that empty themselves into Hudson's Bay, wherever there is a height of land rom which the water runs that way ; the waters that run the other way re in what is called the Indian country.
332. What do you suppose to be the native population of the districts ou peculiarly claim as belonging to your company ?—I have no idea of the umber of the native population ; there are the Esquimaux, and other tribes, of whom we do not know much.