Addenda: January 1687

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 12 1685-1688 and Addenda 1653-1687. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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January 1687

Jan. 17.
2,166. Extract from a letter to the Hudson's Bay Company. A captain just returned from cod fishing off Canada reports that the French had made two several expeditions against the forts at Hudson's Bay, had captured two and besieged the third. Copy. ½ p. Board of Trade. Hudson's Bay I., p. 39.]
Jan. 23.
2,167. John Butler to ?. The French have destroyed the forts in Hudson's Bay, so there is no more coming there for the English. The French say that when paid for their losses they will be good neighbours, but that they are not going to be betrayed by renegade Frenchmen. I tell you that a hundred of the French who lie there can do more in the woods than five hundred that the English can send against them. Copy. 1 p. [Board of Trade. Hudson's Bay I., p. 41.]
Jan. 26. 2,168. ? to the directors of the Hudson's Bay Company. A letter from my brother in Canada informs me that the French have taken their forts, two ships, and a quantity of beaver. You may be sure that this is correct. Copy. [Board of Trade. Hudson's Bay I., p. 37.]