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Page 36 - The groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave, And spread the roof above them — ere he framed The lofty vault, to gather and roll back The sound of anthems ; in the darkling wood, Amid the cool and silence, he knelt down, And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks And supplication.
Page 329 - Fort Michilimackinac was built by order of the governor-general of Canada, and garrisoned with a small number of militia, who, having families, soon became less soldiers than settlers. Most of those whom I found in the fort had originally served in the French army. The fort stands on the south side of the strait which is between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
Page 36 - Mackinaw, he entered a little river in Michigan. Erecting an altar, he said mass after the rites of the Catholic Church ; then, begging the men who conducted his canoe to leave him alone for half an hour < in the darkling wood, Amid the cool and silence, he knelt down, And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks And supplication.
Page 340 - ... woodlands, brooks, and fountains, were so mingled together that nothing was left to desire. The climate was mild, and the air salubrious. Good land abounded, yielding maize, wheat, and every vegetable. The forests were a natural park, stocked with buffaloes, deer, quails, partridges, and wild turkeys.
Page 341 - The French dwelt on farms which were about three or four acres wide on the river, and eighty acres deep ; indolent in the midst of plenty, graziers as well as tillers of the soil, and enriched by Indian traffic. " The English fort, of which...
Page 341 - This lovely and cheerful region attracted settlers, alike white men and savages; and the French had so occupied the two banks of the river, that their numbers were rated even so high as twenty-five hundred souls, of whom were five hundred men able to bear arms ; three or four hundred French families.
Page 44 - Albanet informed me that the French at the Saut, being only twelve in number, had not arrested him, believing themselves too weak to contend with such numbers, especially as the Sauteurs had declared that they would not allow the French to redden the land of their fathers with the blood of their brothers. " On receiving this information, I immediately resolved to take with me six Frenchmen, and embark at the dawn of the next day for the Saut Ste.
Page 395 - Should the force under your command be equal to the enterprise, consistent with the safety of your own post, you will take possession of Maiden, and extend your conquests as circumstances may justify.
Page 54 - Fathers if they wished to baptize the prisoners, which they did. " An hour after, I put myself at the head of forty-two Frenchmen, and, in sight of more than four hundred savages, and within two hundred paces of their fort, I caused the two murderers to be shot. The impossibility of keeping them until spring made me hasten their death.