A Commission as Governor and Lieutenant-General in Canada, Acadia and the Island of Newfoundland, and other countries in North America, for M. de Courcelles, March 23, 1665.
Louis, by the Grace of God, King of France and of Navarre, to all who see these present letters, greeting:
Having resolved to withdraw the Sieur de Mézy from the post of Governor and our Lieutenant-General in Canada, and to appoint in his place a person on whose competence and fidelity we can rely for the guidance of our peoples in the said country, for propagating Christianity, improving commerce and increasing the number of colonies, we have chosen to assume this charge our dear and well-beloved Sieur de Courcelles, our lieutenant in the government of Thionville, who has on several occasions given proof of his experience and valour, and whom we know to have all the qualities necessary to acquit himself worthily of the said charge.
For these reasons, and moved by other sound considerations, we have made, constituted, ordained and established, and by these presents signed by our hand we do now make, constitute, ordain and establish the said Sieur de Courcelles Governor and LieutenantGeneral in Canada, Acadia and the Island of Newfoundland, and other countries in North America, to have command, instead, as has been said, of the said Sieur de Mézy, whom we are withdrawing from this post, over all governors and our lieutenants established in the said countries, as also over the officers of the Sovereign Council established there and over French vessels which may sail there, whether they be war vessels belonging to us or merchant vessels; and to readminister the oath of allegiance to the said governors and officers of the said council as well as to the three orders in the said countries.
We enjoin the said governors, officers of the said council and others to recognize the Sieur de Courcelles and to obey him in anything which he may command: to assemble the communities