EXTRACT FROM G. SIMPSON'S LETTER FROM LACHINE TO ARCHIBALD BARCLAY, SECRETARY HON. HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY.
Lachine, 25th October, 1851.
. . . . “ One of the parties opposed to the Company in Esquimaux Bay lias been appointed Justice of the Peace for Newfoundland, which gives him a great deal of importance in the eyes of the inhabitants, Whites & Natives, the Companys representative, since such appointment being considered an inferior person–which, to some extent, militates against the Companys interests. I shall, therefore, endeavour to get Mr. Smith appointed a magistrate and if he could likewise be appointed Lloyds' agent (which would not entail much trouble or responsibility) it would raise him still higher in the estimation of those by whom he is surrounded. This situation, to which it is understood no salary is attached, was obtained a few years ago for the Companys officers on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and if it could be procured in like manner for Mr. Smith, I should consider it very desirable . . . .”
[G. Simpsons letter from La Chine. Recd. November 10/51.]