DAUVERSIÈRE AND THE VOICE FROM HEAVEN. -- ABBÉ OLIER. -- THEIR SCHEMES. -- THE SOCIETY OF NOTRE-DAME DE MONTREAL. -- MAISONNEUVE. -- DEVOUT LADIES. -- MADEMOISELLE MANCE. -- MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS. -- THE MONTREALISTS AT QUEBEC. -- JEALOUSY. -- QUARRELS. -- ROMANCE AND DEVOTION. -- EMBARKATION. -- FOUNDATION OF MONTREAL.
WE come now to an enterprise as singular in its character as it proved important in its results.
At La Flèche, in Anjou, dwelt one Jérôme le Royer de la Dauversière, receiver of taxes. His portrait shows us a round, bourgeois face, somewhat heavy perhaps, decorated with a slight moustache, and redeemed by bright and earnest eyes. On his head he wears a black skull-cap; and over his ample shoulders spreads a stiff white collar, of wide expanse and studious plainness. Though he belonged to the noblesse, his look is that of a grave burgher, of good renown and sage deportment. Dauversière was, however, an enthusiastic devotee, of mystical tendencies, who whipped himself with a scourge of small chains