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 La Barre au Roy, (4 Oct.?) 1682.
substance of this letter is given by Marie de lIncarnation,Are you Myrtale, Simonides daughter? asked Lycon, as he watched the pretty Methonian with a pleasure he had never felt before.
"On dit que les premiers qui fondent les Eglises d'ordinaire sont saincts: cette pense m'attendrit si fort le c?ur, que quoy que ie me voye icy fort inutile dans ceste fortune Nouuelle France, si faut-il que i'auoüe que ie ne me s?aurois defendre d'vne pense qui me presse le c?ur: Cupio impendi, et superimpendi pro vobis, Pauure Nouuelle France, ie desire me sacrifier pour ton bien, et quand il me deuroit couster mille vies, moyennant que ie puisse aider sauuer vne seule ame, ie seray trop heureux, et ma vie tres bien employe."
Who told you so?
1682, 1683.Late in the autumn, a thousand Iroquois, chiefly Senecas and Mohawks, had taken the war-path for the Hurons. They had been all winter in the forests, hunting for subsistence, and moving at their leisure towards their prey. The destruction of the two towns of the mission of St. Joseph had left a wide gap, and in the middle of March they entered the heart of the Huron country, undiscovered. Common vigilance and common sense would have averted the calamities that followed; but the Hurons were like a doomed people, stupefied, sunk in dejection, fearing everything, yet taking no measures for defence. They could easily have met the invaders with double their force, but the besotted warriors lay idle in their towns, or hunted at leisure in distant forests; nor could the Jesuits, by counsel or exhortation, rouse them to face the danger.
** Edits et Ordonnances, II. 119.They proposed to found at Montreal three religious communities,three being the mystic number,one of secular priests to direct the colonists and convert the Indians, one of nuns to nurse the sick, and one of nuns to teach the Faith to the children, white and red. To borrow their own phrases, they would plant the banner of Christ in an abode of desolation and a haunt of demons; and to this 193 end a band of priests and women were to invade the wilderness, and take post between the fangs of the Iroquois. But first they must make a colony, and to do so must raise money. Olier had pious and wealthy penitents; Dauversire had a friend, the Baron de Fancamp, devout as himself and far richer. Anxious for his soul, and satisfied that the enterprise was an inspiration of God, he was eager to bear part in it. Olier soon found three others; and the six together formed the germ of the Society of Notre-Dame de Montreal. Among them they raised the sum of seventy-five thousand livres, equivalent to about as many dollars at the present day.