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(October 1, 1740)
Beauharnois, Marquis de in: Michigan
Pioneer and Historical Collection,
vol. 34, pp. 180-184.
(page 180) whole body of the army which is quite opposed to that innovation.
For my part, Sir, I could wish that the interests of the service agreed with those of M. de Noyan. His scheme appears to me well calculated to reduce part of the heavy work which the business of the stoppages causes me by reason of the care and the system which must be observed with it. And provided I am not held responsible for all the complaints and the desertions which this new scheme will infallibly cause, I will agree if it be thought well to give M. de Noyan the satisfaction he is expecting as a reward for the nights he has spent in concocting his letters and memorandums. But I beg you, Sir, to ask the Minister for strict orders to put a stop to the bickerings, which are becoming a little too frequent, over the payment of the troops. If I had only one guard to mount in a month, I would employ my time with pleasure in examining and replying to the memorandums and the remarks of these reformers. I do not doubt that there might be much to be gained from it. But you know, Sir, that the King's business calls me elsewhere; and, although M. de Noyan, in speaking of me in his letters says that it is time that occupation should take the place of vacancy, I have reason to think, since it is to you rather than to him that I owe an account of my time,- that you have never found it ill-employed, since if you had perceived that in the service you would not have failed to have reproved me for it.
Montreal the 1st of September, 1740.
THE HURONS AND OTTAWAS AT DETROIT IN 1739-40.
Endorsed Canada. The Marquis de Beauharnois. 1st Octr. 1740.
I have received the letter which you did me the honor to write me on the 2nd
of May last. The Sieur Marin1 arrived at Montreal
on the 16th of June with chiefs of the Sakis, Fox Indians, Puants, Outaouacs
and Folles Avoines, as M. Hocquart and I had the honor of telling you in
followers were eager for money, they ought not to lay down a law for the
1 See appendix, Vol. 33.
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