Father le Petit: Letter to Father D’avaugour, Procurator of the Missions in North America


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At New Orleans, the 12th of July, 1730

My Reverend Father,

The Peace of our Lord be with you:

You cannot be ignorant of the sad event which has desolated that part of the French Colony established at Natchez, on the right bank of the Mississippi river, at the distance, of a hundred and twenty leagues from its mouth. Two of our missionaries who were engaged in the conversion of the Indians, have been included in the almost general massacre which this barbarous nation made of the French, at a time too when they had not the least reason to suspect their perfidy. A loss so great as this infant mission has sustained, will continue for a long time to excite our deepest regrets.

As you could only have learned in a confused manner the events of this dark treachery, I will endeavor to relate to you all the circumstances; but first I think that it would be best to make you acquainted with the character of these perfidious savages, called the Natchez. When I have described to...

Source: William Ingrahm Kip, comp. and trans. The Early Jesuit Missions in North America. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell, 1873.