Sandstone, slate, mica, coal, and all kinds of stone are not lacking. The second reason is that this country was first discovered by French Bretons, in the year 1504, one hundred and eleven years ago, and since then they have not ceased to visit it. We were moved by our affliction to offer prayers and vows to God, that he might be pleased to deliver us from the danger, and direct us to some good place for his glory. For, in fine, without this celestial seed and germ, our hearts could not conceive nor fashion a living and fruitful organism. Therefore he used only six hundred écus for this entire cargo; an investment very worthy of Canada.
This answer made the Lady suspicious, and, as she is prudent, means were not lacking to guard against fraud; for she arranged with sieur Pierre du Gua, called de Monts, that he should give up to her all rights, claims and pretensions that he had, and ever had had, in new France, based upon the deed of gift made to him by the late Henry the Great. Some are parts of other books that have ended up on the cutting room floor as it were. John river side; and, if the contrary or adverse winds had continued, it would have been all over with us, as we would have had to die of hunger, for we had nothing. But we must except the Tabagie, for it is a general injunction which must be observed everywhere, so that the ceremonies may be according to law. After the year 1523, Jean Verazan skirted all the coast from Florida to Cape Breton, and took possession of it in the name of his master, Francis I. But what need of a long story? Now these women, although they have so much trouble, as I have said, yet are not cherished any more for it.
But both master and servant soon found themselves in a bad condition through such irregular diet: they became thin, and lost their strength, color, and cheerfulness; their legs grew big and heavy, their minds were dulled, and a low fever set in; however, this soon passed away, and then little by little they regained their usual appearance, and each was restored to his customary vigor. Beyond these rocks lies a frightful and horrible precipice, and if you do not pass over it at the proper moment, and when the water is smoothly heaped up, of a hundred thousand barques not an atom would escape, but men and goods would all perish. And certainly judging from what I see this habit of self-aggrandizement is a contagion from which no one is exempt, except through the grace of God. Such is their inclination and custom. Thereupon the spectators, being already intimidated, he, with a frightful and truly demoniac voice, redoubles his roars and threats that they must take care, that Satan is furious and that there is great peril. Father Enemond Massé had put him in his little Cabin, even in Father Biard's bed, and was there taking care of him like a father and servant.
Such is the result and conclusion of our investigations. It is within the forty-sixth degree of north latitude. However, the general impression is, that they must make many and valuable presents to the Autmoin, so that he may have a more skillful hand: for they say that that counts a great deal in all kinds of diseases. The Savages, on account of the trading to take place, crowded very eagerly into our barque; from curiosity I think because they did not often see such sights. I say, as far as we know, for we have never seen anything except always great respect and love among them; which was a great grief to us when we turned our eyes upon our own shortcomings. They do not camp except near some good water, and in an attractive location.
But this joy did not last long, sieur de Biencourt being ill at ease on account of the news brought by Simon Imbert about the partnership formed with the Marquise de Guercheville. They, moreover, on this occasion captured a savage, who guided them to Port Royal. But why, both in new Albion and in the Connibas country, does it become so cold? Then they will dance, make speeches and sing Adesquidex, Adesquidex, That is, that they are good friends, allies, associates, confederates, and comrades of the King and of the French. It is true our legs drag in reaching this first step; but courage! Now this Lady, being very discreet, considered that this sum, in paying the Merchants who had furnished the cargo, and in dismissing them from all association, would also accomplish two great benefits for new France. Escaping from these perils, our captors decided to return to England rather than to Virginia, which was so much farther distant, and which was to be reached only by a long voyage, for which they lacked all the necessaries. Now these are briefly the principal features of what I have been able to learn about these nations and their life. Moreover, it is ridiculous, after having gone five hundred leagues to find the cold in its native lair, not to encounter anything except inexplicable influences, which cannot be named, and certain mysterious agencies.
From Pentegoët to Kinibequi and from Kinibequi to Chouacoët, 3000. Nevertheless, whatever the Astrologers may say, it must be confessed that that country generally speaking, and as it is at present is colder than our France, and that they differ greatly from each other in regard to weather and seasons. After living four months upon the sea, our provisions were very much diminished, especially as our vessel was quite small, being only fifty or sixty tons burden, and provisioned more for fishing than anything else. Nevertheless they continue to live under the authority of the Sagamore, and very often in his company; as also do several others who have no relations, or those who of their own free will place themselves under his protection and guidance, being themselves weak and without a following. Now while Father Enemond was sick among the Savages, an amusing incident occurred.
In that time shall a present be brought unto the Lord of Hosts front a people rent, and torn in pieces, a terrible People, after which there hath been no other; A nation expecting, expecting, and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the Lord of Hosts, the mount Soin. But they have a very rude way of making love; for the suitor, as soon as he shows a preference for a girl, does not dare look at her, nor speak to her, nor stay near her, unless accidentally; and then he must force himself not to look her in the face, nor to give any sign of his passion, otherwise he would be the laughingstock of all, and his sweetheart would blush for him. And, speaking in general, the weather and season over there are just like what we have experienced here this year in Paris and Picardie, except for the drizzling rains and fogs, which are more common in that country. With what idea did God inspire him, to make him believe me? Who would then be more afflicted, do you think; the honest and God-fearing people finding themselves surrounded by such company, or such company, finding itself hemmed in and restrained by the presence of honest people? Their confinement lasts hardly two hours ; often the children are born on the march, and a little while afterward the mothers will go on with their work as before. Sieur de Biencourt wished to exact from them the Fifth of all their merchandise, because they were residents of the country, as has been said; it was for this purpose he undertook this voyage. Kalbfieisch, of New York, at one time had a copy; but a letter to us from his son, Charles C.
In every other respect, as I have said, we were very kindly treated. Some wretched cabins, open in many places; our food, peas and beans, rather scarce in quantity; our drink, pure water; the clothes of our people all in rags; our supplies found in the woods from day to day; our medicine a glass of wine on great holidays; our restoratives, perchance a trifle from the chase of a little feathered game; the place uninhabited, no footprints upon the paths, our shoes only fit for the fireside. It is four years since I was sent there by my Superiors; and, as God's punishment for my sins, I was taken away from there by the English, as I shall relate hereafter. In several places we found the grape, and wild vines which ripened in their season. For at first they baptized them very readily.
The numbering of the chapters is erratic. However, if you feel the urge to dress in a French maid costume and clean house, well. How you say… show and tell. The English, after this first and furious volley, came alongside of us, and held an Anchor ready to grapple our bitts. In a way he has learnt to come to terms with his servitude and to accept it as only 'right and natural' that he should remain Gloria Van Meer's slave for an indefinite period. But no sooner did this snow melt than more fell.