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erary of the clergy, translated into French
verse, after evening prayers.
I shall omit the accidents that befell us,
being such only as are inseparable companions
of all great voyages. Soon after
my arrival I was sent in mission about one
hundred and twenty leagues beyond Quebec,
accompanied by Father Luke Buisset.
We went up the River St. Lawrence southwards
till we came to Fort Frontenac, distant
from Quebec one hundred leagues. It
was built to prevent the excursions of the
Iroquois, and to interrupt the trade of skins
these savages maintain with the irihabitants
of New York, who furnish them with commodities
at cheaper rates than the French
The Iroquois are an insolent and barbarous
nation, and have shed the blood of
more than two millions of people in that
vast extended country.
They would never
cease from disturbing the repose of the Europeans,
were it not for fear of their firearms;
for they entertain no commerce with
them, unless it be for arms, which they buy
on purpose to use against their neighbors,
and by means of which they have extended
their bloody conquests five or six hundred
leagues beyond their own precincts, exterminating
whatever nation they hate.
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