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

(1730)

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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...


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