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 64

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Reuben Gold Thwaites
Burrows Brothers Company, 1900 - Indians of North America

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Page 130 - Nous voyons dans les sauvages les beaux restes de la nature humaine qui sont entièrement corrompus dans les peuples policés. De toutes les onze passions ils n'en ont que deux, la colère est la plus grande; mais encore en ont-ils peu dans l'excès, lors de la guerre.
Page 195 - Many struggles were needed before she could be induced to consent to the marriage, for she had resolved never to marry, in order that she might belong wholly to Jesus Christ. She answered her father and mother, when they brought her to me in company with the Frenchman whom they wished to have for a sonin-law, that she did not wish to marry; that she had already given all her heart to God, and did not wish to share it.
Page 205 - prayer is the homage paid to God." "My father has had pity on me," she said, "and I have an idea — I know not whether it is a good one. I think that, if I consent to the marriage, he will listen to you in earnest, and will induce all to do so. I wish to please God, and for that reason I intend to be always as I am in order to please Jesus Christ alone. But I thought of consenting against my inclination to the marriage, through love for him. Is that right?
Page 213 - The first conquest she made for God was to win her husband, who was famous in this Illinois country for all his debaucheries. He is now quite changed, and he has admitted to me that he no longer recognizes himself, and can attribute his conversion solely to his wife's prayers and exhortations, and to the example that she gives him.
Page 229 - I had said about each picture ; and not only did she explain them at home to her husband, to her father, to her mother, and to all the girls who went there, — as she continues to do, speaking of nothing but the pictures or the catechism, — but she also explained the pictures on the whole of the Old Testament to the old and the young men whom her father assembled in his dwelling.
Page 171 - The Osage and Missouri do not appear to be so quickwitted as the Illinois; their language does not seem very difficult. The former do not open their lips and the latter speak still more from the throat than they
Page 253 - ... dogs were harnessed, they set out, passing over a frozen lake. The ice broke, and, carefully bundled upon this sledge, I was in this condition plunged into the water. The dogs which were attached to it kept me above the ice, to which they held fast with their claws. To rescue me from this peril needed carefulness, because the ice which surrounded me was broken on all sides. Finally, when they were drawing me out of the water, the rope broke, and I ran the risk of being drowned. Being withdrawn...
Page 149 - I have pupils who are good fifth-class scholars; but I have others with beards on their chins, to whom I teach navigation, fortification, and other mathematical subjects. One of my pupils is pilot on the ship which sails to the north.
Page 130 - Vivre en commun sans procès, se contenter de peu sans avarice, estre assidus au travail, on ne peut rien voir de plus patient, de plus hospitalier, affables, libéraux, modérés dans leur parler : enfin, tous nos PP et les Français qui ont fréquenté les sauvages estiment que la vie se passe plus doucement parmi eux que parmi nous (26).
Page 173 - After speaking of our medicines and of what our grandfathers and ancestors have taught us, has this man who has come from afar better medicines than we have, to make us adopt his customs? His Fables are good only in his own country; we have ours, which do not make us die as his do.

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