This is a transcription of the document below.
Transcribed by Audrey Henderson, 2019
To the Honorable the Commissioners for managing and improving the Jesuits Estates.
The Petition of the undersigned Proprietors and Occupiers of Land at ValCartier Fief St. Gabriel,
That your Petitioners are informed that the exclusive privilege of Mills and Millseats is vested in the Seigneur, who, it is understood is to furnish Grist Mills for the Settlers on their paying certain dues.
That there is no Grist Mill nearer the said Settlement than Lorette a distance of about nine miles.
That the Soil and Climate of this part of St. Gabriel is generally not fit to produce wheat and that the said Mill is calculated only for grinding that grain.
That the Soil and Climate answer well for oats and barley and most of the Settlers have been accustomed to use Oatmeal and Barley as their principal food.
That the Settlement which now consists of about 300 Souls suffers greatly for want of an Oatmeal and Barley Mill with a kiln to dry the oats for grinding and that the probable cost would be about (pound sign) 200 with the certainty of giving immediately, a rent at the legal rate of grinding, at least to the interest of the said amount.
Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray, that an Oatmeal and Barley Mill and drying kiln, may be erected within the said Settlement as speedily as possible, on some one of the Mill Sites therein,
And your Petitioners as in duly bound will ever pray,
ValCartier 4 April 1825
John McCartney David Walker
Wolff ??? Susan Smith Walker
??? Polyana Smith Blackburn ???
Samuel Clarke William Corrigan
Elijah Hany Patt Corrigan
Joseph Pierce Andrew Kerr
Abigail Pain White Patrick Sweeney
Wm. Bethel Edw. Sweeney
Nicolas Abraham Henry Loughran
William Jeffers Richard Ward
John Abraham Henry ???
Nicklas Abraham Charles Hurst
John Clarke William Watt
Thomas Bethel George Thompson
John Bethel Thomas Gough
John Mather Francis Ireland
James Philpot Peter Guinin
Pat Reynolds John Nicholson
Thomas Edleston William ????
Robert Ross Sothe Bogans ???
John Burton Robert Blaney
Jane Nickell Thomas Murphy
Peter Pantelow Batise Noreau
John Doran James Jake
Ignas Martin ???
John G Neil
Betsy Murphy ???
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Catalogue # E21,S64,SS5,SSS6,D1405
These are payment sheets for those who worked on the Mill:
Catalogue # E21,S64,SS5,SSS6,D1407
June 19 – Sept. 5, 1829
Catalogue # E21,S64,SS5,SSS6,D1337
July 1, 1829 – June 1, 1830