EXTRACT FROM LETTER FROM DONALD SMITH TO THOMAS FRASER, ESQ., HUDSON'S BAY HOUSE, LONDON.
Recd. Sept. 11/63.
Ansd. May 13/64.
Cartwright, Sandwich Bay.
22nd July, 1863.
I would beg to bring to the notice of the Board a new branch of business which from the minute enquiries I have made, I feel convinced would be attended with considerable profit, and for carrying on which one of our stations in Esquimaux Bay is well adapted. I refer to preserving Salmon fresh in tins. This business has been carried on by Messrs. Hunt & Henley for several years back, and that it has been amply remunerative may be inferred from the fact that this season they have entered much more largely into it, intending to preserve not less than 50,000 lbs. but we are not left to conjecture on the subject for their agent Mr. Goodridge who for some cause, possibly owing to some recent changes in the conduct of their business, is at present more than usually communicative assures me that it is far the most profitable part of their business. . . .