Ordinance relative to the fortifications of Montréal, 1 May 1743.
Extract from the Records
of the Register of
the Conseil Supérieur of nouvelle france.
Extract from the Register of the Conseil d’Etat.
having been presented
by his council with the Judgement that it had rendered on the five of
May 1716 regarding the sum of Six thousand livres to be imposed each year
on the inhabitants of the city of Montréal in Canada, beginning in the said
year of 1716, of which two thousand livres were to be paid by the Seminary
of St Sulpice Established in the said city, the said sum of Six thousand livres
to be applied to the expenses for the Establishment of the wall required for
the said city in conformity with the plan that had been agreed upon, and His
majesty wishing to accelerate the construction of the said wall had accepted
to advance funds each year Until 1741; and it having been Completed there
was issued a Statement of all expenses incurred and funds put forward, and
His majesty was presented with the statement of the expenses that were of
four hundred and forty-five thousand one hundred and forty-one Livres ten
sols three deniers, and the funds received from the levy of taxes were of
one hundred fifteen thousand five hundred and twenty-four livres three Sols
Nine deniers; indicating that funds put forward by His majesty were in the
Sum of three hundred twenty-nine thousand Six hundred seventeen livres Six
Sols Six deniers for the total payment of the said Expenses, but His majesty
again demonstrate his attentiveness to the inhabitants of the said city
of montreal returned half of the advanced funds and even took from the other
half enough to provide for a time for the maintenance and repair of the said
fortifications: having heard the Report.
The king in His council grants to the inhabitants of montreal a gift in the
sum of one hundred Sixty four thousand eight hundred and eight livres thirteen
Sols three deniers, which is half of the three hundred and twenty-nine thousand
Six hundred seventeen livres Six Sols Six deniers advanced by His majesty
for the work on the wall of the said city. It is ordained that for the reimbursement
of the sum of one hundred Sixty-four thousand one hundred and eight livres
thirteen Sols three deniers, and Until full payment of it, there be a levy
imposed yearly beginning immediately of the sum of Six thousand livres On
the inhabitants in the manner ordained by the said judgement of the five of
May 1716. The present will Be executed in Its form and content, and from the
amount of the said levy will be taken at the request of His majesty the funds
necessary for payment of the repairs Ordered for the maintenance of the said
Wall as long as the Levy will Continue, and what remains from the levy, after
deducting what will have been applied to
the said repairs, will at the end of Each financial year be remitted to
the treasurer general of the Marine, to be entered as surplus profit for His
majesty In the ordinances Expedited to this effect by the Intendant of nouvelle
france, and the present judgement shall Be registered at the conseil Supérieur
in Québec, Read, published and posted wherever Required; Done at the king’s
conseil d'Etat attended by His majesty at Versailles on the first of May 1743.
Recorded in the register at the Conseil Superieur in quebec by the king’s
prosecutor general to be executed In its form and content as per the judgement
of this Day; by us the undersigned counsellor, King's Secretary chief clerk
of the said council at quebec on the twenty-three of September seventeen hundred
forty-three, Signed Daine.
Source: Archives nationales du Québec, Centre de Montréal, Registre des édits, arrêts, ordonnances et règlements, 1743-1756, TL4, S35, Conseil d'État du roi, Ordinance relative to the fortifications of Montréal, May 1, 1743, fol. 5v-7.
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