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being that the claims of the Hudson's Bay Company should be first settled, and not left for subsequent litigation. The resolutions, however, were agreed to, and an address to Her Majesty was then adopted, requesting that an Imperial order-in-council might be passed (pursuant to the B. N. A. Act) annexing Rupert's Land and the North-West Territory to the Dominion of Caada. As it turned out, the Imperial Government took the same view of the question as the minority in the Canadian parliament had taken

though probably for different reasons. The Hudson's Bay Company must first be bought out. With this view Cartier and Macdougall visited England toward the close of 1868, and early in 1869 the bargain was concluded. The sum of 1:300,000 was to be paid in cash to the company. It was also to retain the land around the various trading posts, and, in addition, two sections in every township—a total reservation of one-twentieth of the entire region. For this cash payment and large land monopoly the company gave up its trade monopoly and all its claims to government.

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