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The Scot in New France (1535-1880)


poor French and half castes, chose to stay under his command at Quebec, rather than undergo the horrors of an Atlantic passage," (Page 74). Scanty, however, are the annals of Kirke’s administration, at Quebec, (1629-32).

His Reverence, the Chaplain, pays a visit to the Jesuits’ residence, opposite Hare Point, on the St. Charles. They present him with paintings and books; a mutiny breaks out; the Chaplain was suspected of having a finger in it; Governor Kirke has him committed to prison.

In 1631, his services are sought to christen Monsieur Couillard’s little daughter—the disciple of Luther performs the ceremony. Henry Kirke, the historian and descendant of Governor Louis Kirke, quotes from English State Papers, a curious inventory of the armament of the Fort (St- Louis) sworn to, on the 9th Nov., 1629, at London, by Samuel de Champlain, before the Right Worshipful Sir Henry Martin, Knight, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty (Page 75): there were, it seems, Martins in London as well as at Quebec in those days. We shall reserve this Inventory for another occasion.

The exhaustless research of our antiquarians has unearthed curious particulars about this Scotch sea-faring man—the number, [Anne born in 1614, Marguerite 1621, Hélène 1627, Marie 1635, Adrien 1638, Magdeleine 1640, Barbara 1643, Charles Amador 1648, the first Canadian ordained as a Priest.] sex and age of his children his speculations in real estate [A bequest in his favor of a lot of land at Quebec on the 15th August, 1646, by Adrien Duchesne, surgeon on board of M. de Repentigny’s ship, which lot of land of twenty arpents, (afterwards named the Plains of Abraham,) had been conceded by the Company of New France to Adrien Duchesne, on the 5th April, 1639.]—his fishing ventures in the lower


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