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ACCOUNT 1 OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE RIVER
MISSISSIPPI AND THE ADJACENT COUNTRY
BY FATHER LOUIS HENNEPIN.
FINDING in myself a strong inclination to
retire from the world, I entered into the
Franciscan order, where I was overjoyed in
reading the travels of the fathers of my
own order, who were, indeed, the first that
undertook missions into any foreign country.
I thought nothing greater or more
glorious than to instruct the ignorant and
barbarous and lead them to the light of the
gospel. In order to [do] which I went [as]
missionary for Canada, by command of my
superiors, and embarked at Rochelle, in
company of M. de Laval, since Bishop of
Quebec, the capital city of Canada. Our
crew was about one hundred men, to threefourths
of whom I administered the sacrament,
they being Catholics. I likewise performed
divine service every day when the
weather was calm, and we sung the Itin1This
Account seems to be an abridged version
of the New Discovery. Cf. Thwaites' edition of
the latter. Vol. II., App. II. A., Io.
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