Hi Barb and Darlynn;
I found the Toussaint Court papers and posted them below. This could well be the same Toussaint born in 1767 in Terrebonne.
To put the following in perspective, please view this link: http://www.michif.bc.ca/grant.htm
Trail of Paul Brown, Francois Boucher for the murder of Robert Semple
Report of Trials in the courts of Canada York 1818
MFM F A525 Pages 132-134
Excerpt of Toussaint Vaudry examination by Mr Sherwood and translated by Baldwin.
Vaudry: I know the Indian territory well. I have resided in it upwards to 30 years. I know that the Northwest Company were trading there when I first went, and have continued to do so as long as I have been there. They traded there before I went , but I cannot say for how long. On the Red River and Ossiniboine, I know that they traded long before the Hudson Bay people.
The Hudson Bay traders have not been long in the habit of trading on those rivers; only a few years. I know by hearsay , and only in that way, of the Proclamation of Mr. Miles MacDonnell.
I know that in the year 1814, a quantity of pemmican and dried meats was seized from the Northwest Companyâ€™s post on the river La Soirie, because I was there at the time.
It was taken by the Hudson Bay people out of a large hongard (?) (store) and amounted to full four hundred bags; there must have been between four and five hundred bags, perhaps full five hundred, taken away.
Mr. Spencer came to the fort, and knocked at the gate, asking to be admitted into the fort in the name of the King, and that all the pemmican , dried meat, and grease, should be given to him. Mr. Pritchard, who had charge of the post, refused to admit him, and took me as a witness, that he did so.
He asked Mr. Spencer to wait a little while , which he did, and shortly Mr. Pritchard put a small billet through the pickets to Mr. Spencer, who took it, read it (witness being here asked if he knew the contents of the note, replied , I do not) and answered â€œthat will not satisfy meâ€, and again demanded to be let in, which Mr. Prichard again refused. Upon this refusal, the pickets were cut down with an axe , and the party headed by Mr. Spencer, entered.
They asked where the provisions were kept, and Mr. Pritchard told them they might find them. They then went to the store, of which they broke off the lock, for it was locked up, and they opened it by drawing the staples and breaking the locks; they took procession of the provisions, consisting of upwards of four hundred bags of pemmican, a number of barrels of grease, and a quantity of dried meat, which afterwards was all taken away by them.
I was then in the service of the Northwest Company , and at the fort on River la Sourie at the time, and saw it taken away to the Hudson Bay fort on the other side of the river.
Baldwin: How long have you lived in the Indian territory?
Vaudry: I have lived there upwards of thirty years.
Baldwin: Did you ever see any vestiges of remains of old French forts in that country?
Vaudry: I have seen several very old ones
Baldwin: Did you know that they were frequented by the traders in the time of the French government?
Vaudry: I have heard a very old man , who lives there, say that the red River country was traded to in the time of the French government .
Baldwin: Do you know of similar remains on the Swan River , which is farther North then the Red River?
Vaudry: I do not . I never was at the Swan River
Baldwin: Do you know which is the most Northern fort which the French traders had?
Vaudry: I cannot say anything about it for I have lived , the whole thirty years I have been in the Indian territory , in the Red River country . I was never out of it, but to come below. I never went higher up then the Red River.
Baldwin: And when you first went to Red River, the Hudson Bay people did not trade there, but the Northwest Company did?
Vaudry: Yes, the Northwest Company people did frequent there, but the Hudson Bay people have only come these few years back.
Cross examination , conducted by Solicitor General :
Vaudry: I do not know if Cuthbert Grant can read, or if the half breeds generally do read. I know one half breed who can read.