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If the Indian is sick we lose the outfit. 15 l6 BOUNTY AND BENEVOLENCE [QUESTION NO. 1129, BY KINNAIRD] You make him payments in advance then you settle with him after the hunt and in the event of any illness or sickness or of old age you undertake to provide for them? 36 In other words, the governor indicated that it was company policy to use the debt system as a means of providing relief when necessary. Sometimes traders issued credit knowing that the recipient could not pay. The resulting "bad debts" were written off.
The Selkirk Treaty was associated with the hostile competition between the NWC and the HBC, which in 1816 had provoked the violent clash between the Metis and settlers at Seven Oaks. " They held a dispatch from Lord Bathrust ordering the end of hostilities, restitution of property, and the arrest of Lord Selkirk. They also conveyed a proclamation from the Prince Regent announcing the government's intentions. Coltman investigated the causes of the hostilities and suggested means to resolve the conflict.
Merit alone gives the title to distinction; and the possession of qualities that are held in esteem, is the only method of obtaining affection and respect out of his own house. Thus, a person who can make long harangues [is a diplomat], is an expert hunter, Aboriginal-Hudson's Bay Company Relations is a conjurer [has spiritual powers] and has a family of his own; such a man will not fail of being followed by several Indians ... 11 By giving suits of clothing to chiefs and headmen, HBC traders acknowledged the leadership positions of First Nations trading captains, and they sought to win their loyalty.