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Excerpt from Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, Vol. 6: 1610-1791
XXIII. This document is Le Jeune's Relation Of 1634, closed at the mission house in Quebec, August 7th Of that year, and sent to his provincial at Paris. The following abstract covers the first nine chapters (out of a total Of thirteen), which is all we have space for in the present volume.
Le Jeune, as the superior Of his order in New France, describes the good conduct and piety Of the French settlers, and the wisdom and goodness of the governor, Champlain. An account is given, from hearsay, Of the sudden death of Jacques Michel, a profane Huguenot, a tragedy which is thought to have been a direct punishment for his blasphemies. This is followed by a long description Of the conver sion and baptism Of certain savages, and the happy death Of some Of these. A definite plan is advocated for the conversion Of the natives in the neighborhood Of Quebec: that the French, their protectors, should make themselves more formidable to the common enemy, the Iroquois; that the friendly natives should be systematically taught agriculture, and induced to become sedentary, and, while thus acquiring this tech nical education, should be aided with food; that semi naries should be established, in which Indian children, both boys and girls, can be educated at Quebec.
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