EXTRACT FROM SIR G. SIMPSON'S LETTER FROM LACHINE TO D. A. SMITH, ESQ., AT ESQUIMAUX BAY.
EXTRACT FROM HUDSON'S BAY CO. HEAD OFFICE RECORDS.
LaChine 26th March 1858.
With reference to the desire of the Bishop of Newfoundland to extend Missions of the Church of England to the Labrador Coast, and to His Lordships letter on that subject to your address dated 22 July 1857, I see no objection to your affording, to the best of your ability the information asked for in the Bishop's twelve queries. You will, however, inform his Lordship that the Hudsons Bay Company possess no Jurisdiction on the Coast of Labrador, where they carry on their trade on the same footing as other Merchants, Their interests in Missions would, therefore, only extend to their own servants and the Natives with whom they have dealings ; that the former are principally Roman Catholics, and that the latter express a preference for that faith, generally speaking ; those who are protestants obtain spiritual instruction from the Moravians. If, however, the Bishop should decide on himself visiting the Labrador Coast, or sending one of his Clergy there, yon will be good enough to add that such hospitality as our means admit, will be shown at the Company's establishments ; and every assistance rendered, in collecting information as to the prospects the Coast affords for extending Missions thither . . . . . ”
(From Simpson's correspondence, 12th Decmbr. 1857 to 10th August 1858, p. 216-217)