The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century

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CHAPTER XXII. 1645-1651. PRIEST AND PURITAN.

MISCOU. -- TADOUSSAC. -- JOURNEYS OF DE QUEN. -- DRUILLETES: HIS WINTER WITH THE MONTAGNAIS. -- INFLUENCE OF THE MISSIONS. -- THE ABENAKIS. -- DRUILLETES ON THE KENNEBEC: HIS EMBASSY TO BOSTON. -- GIBBONS. -- DUDLEY. -- BRADFORD. -- ELIOT. -- ENDICOTT. -- FRENCH AND PURITAN COLONIZATION. -- FAILURE OF DRUILLETES'S EMBASSY. -- NEW REGULATIONS. -- NEW-YEAR'S; DAY AT QUEBEC.

BEFORE: passing to the closing scenes of this wilderness drama, we will touch briefly on a few points aside from its main action, yet essential to an understanding of the scope of the mission. Besides their establishments at Quebec, Sillery, Three Rivers, and the neighborhood of Lake Huron, the Jesuits had an outlying post at the island of Miscou on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, near the entrance of the Bay of Chaleurs, where they instructed the wandering savages of those shores, and confessed the French fishermen. The island was unhealthy in the extreme. Several of the priests sickened and died; and scarcely one convert repaid their toils. There was a more successful mission at Tadoussac, or Sadilege, as the neighboring Indians called it. In winter, this place

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