The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century

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CHAPTER III. 1632, 1633. PAUL LE JEUNE.

LE JEUNE's VOYAGE: HIS FIRST PUPILS; HIS STUDIES; HIS INDIAN TEACHER. -- WINTER AT THE MISSION-HOUSE. -- LE JEUNE's SCHOOL. -- REINFORCEMENTS.

IN another narrative, we have seen how the Jesuits, supplanting the Récollet friars, their predecessors, had adopted as their own the rugged task of Christianizing New France. We have seen, too, how a descent of the English, or rather of Huguenots fighting under English colors, had overthrown for a time the miserable little colony, with the mission to which it was wedded; and how Quebec was at length restored to France, and the broken thread of the Jesuit enterprise resumed.1

It was then that Le Jeune had embarked for the New World. He was in his convent at Dieppe when be received the order to depart; and he set forth in haste for Havre, filled, he assures us, with inexpressible joy at the prospect of a living or a dying martyrdom. At Rouen he was joined by De Nouë, with a lay brother named Gilbert; and the three

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"Pioneers of France in the New World."

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