The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791; the Original French, Latin, and Italian Texts, with English Translations and Notes, Volume 62

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Reuben Gold Thwaites
Burrows Bros. Company, 1900 - Canada
 

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Page 187 - ... they fold in two, and simply gird around the waist; and The Chemise, which falls over this sort of petticoat, reaches only to the knees. The savages have often asked us if there were any vanity in dress. They are not accustomed to wear these except in going to church, on Communion and feast-Days. On other Days They are poorly but modestly clad. I would like to give you a more exact description of their consciences, of which you may have a fair Idea from what I have said. But, besides the fact...
Page 175 - The year 1676, when she divested herself of her clothing, and exposed herself to The air at the foot of a large Cross that stands beside our Cemetery. She did so at a time when the snow was falling, although she was pregnant; and the snow that fell upon her back caused her so much suffering that she nearly died from it - as well as her child, whom the cold chilled in its mother's womb. It was her own idea to do this - to do penance for her sins, she said.
Page 162 - Français habitués au bois, sachant tous les chemins d'iceux et la voie du Fort de Frontenac ouverte pour tomber en quarante heures sur les Sonnontouans la plus forte de ces cinq nations Iroquoises, puisqu'eux seuls peuvent fournir quinze cents guerriers, bien armés, qu'il faut avoir au fort de Frontenac les munitions de bouche, trois ou quatre barques pour les...
Page 55 - ... transporting their corn, their effects and their cabins to a place 2 leagues distant from their former residence, where they had dwelt for 19 years. They make this change in order to have there their firewood in convenient proximity, and to secure fields more fertile than those that were abandoned. This is not done without difficulty; for, inasmuch as carts are not used here, and the country is very hilly, the labor of the men and women, who carry their goods on their backs, is consequently harder...
Page 193 - In the Outaouac missions we include not only the outaouacs or upper Algonquins, who are divided into several tribes, namely: The saulteurs, who usually dwell at Sault de Ste. Marie, at the entrance of Lake Superior; the Kiskakons and three other tribes, all of whom have their own chiefs, at Saint...
Page 179 - God never to put on their gala-dress (for the savage women have some taste, and take pride in adorning themselves with porcelain beads; with vermilion, which they apply to their cheeks; and with earrings and bracelets). They assist one another in the fields; they meet together to incite one another to virtue; and one of them has been received as a nun in the hospital of Monreal. There are married people here who have for a long time lived as brother and sister.
Page 55 - Lamberville said : On my arrival here I found the Iroquois of this village occupied in transporting their corn, their effects and their cabins to a place 2 leagues distant from their former residence, where they had dwelt for 19 years. They make this change in order to have there their firewood in convenient proximity, and to secure fields more fertile than those that were abandoned. This is not done without difficulty ... A single family will hire sometimes 80 or 100 persons ; and these are in turn...
Page 162 - Majesté par unpetit corps de deux ou trois cents soldats pour servir de garnison au fort de Frontenac et de la Galette pour l'escorte des vivres et pour tenir la tête du pays gardée et garnie, tandis que le dedans serait dépourvu de ses bons soldats : de cent ou cent cinquante engagés pour distribuer dans les habitations et donner moyen à ceux qui resteront chez eux de pouvoir cultiver la terre afin que la famine ne se mette pas dans le pays et des fonds nécessaires pour faire le magasin des...
Page 175 - I know not how, of the pious practises followed by the nuns in Montreal who are hospital sisters. They heard of disciplines, of iron girdles, and of hair shirts. This religious life began to please them very much, and three of them formed an association, in order to commence a sort of Convent; but we stopped them, because we did not Think that The time had come for this.
Page 169 - We have a large farm, on which we keep oxen, cows, and poultry, and gather corn for our subsistance. It is sometimes necessary to take charge of all temporal as well as spiritual matters, now that Father Fremin has gone down in an Infirm condition to Quebec, as well as Father Cholenec. Some savages get their land Plowed, and harvest french wheat, Instead of indian corn. It is impossible to describe their Joy when They can harvest 20 or 30 minots of french wheat, and are able to eat bread from time...

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