THE HURON SEMINARY.--MADAME DE LA PELTRIE: HER PIOUS SCHEMES: HER SHAM MARRIAGE; SHE VISITS THE URSULINES OF TOURS.--MARIE DE SAINT BERNARD.--MARIE DE L'INCARNATION: HER ENTHUSIASM; HER MYSTICAL MARRIAGE; HER DEJECTION; HER MENTAL CONFLICTS; HER VISION; MADE SUPERIOR OF THE URSULINES.--THE HÔTEL-DIEU.--THE VOYAGE TO CANADA.--SILLERY.--LABORS AND SUFFERINGS OF THE NUNS.--CHARACTER OF MARIE DE L'INCARNATION.--OF MADAME DE LA PELTRIE.
QUEBEC, as we have seen, had a seminary, a hospital, and a convent, before it had a population. It will be well to observe the origin of these institutions.
The Jesuits from the first had cherished the plan of a seminary for Huron boys at Quebec. The Governor and the Company favored the design; since not only would it be an efficient means of spreading the Faith and attaching the tribe to the French interest, but the children would be pledges for the good behavior of the parents, and hostages for the safety of missionaries and traders in the Indian towns.1 In____________________