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Supplies for a French Mission. Part One.

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Le Loup

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Although this is a list of supplies required for the running of a French mission, for those of us more interested in other interpretations it does give us some insight into what this person considers necessary supplies for the people living and working in a wilderness situation.

"This is a group of letters addressed
to Jean de Lamberville, agent in France for the
Canada missions. The first is an invoice, probably-
written by Gravier, of the supplies necessary for the
Illinois missions for the year 1702. The distressed
condition of the laborers therein is energetically
described, and relief for their poverty is urgently
requested. The supplies desired include articles of
clothing; conveniences like pins, twine, thread,
paper, razors, etc. ; a few household utensils ; medi-
cines, food, wine, etc.; material for hoods for
protection against mosquitoes ; ammunition and nails ;
vermilion, beads, rings, etc., for the Indians; "six
ells of stuff for capotes, to make Breech-clouts;"
also tobacco and agricultural tools".

THE JESUIT RELATIONS AND ALLIED DOCUMENTS
VOU. LXVl


1702-12] LETTERS TO LAMBERVILLE 27
For my part, I am in good health, but I have no
cassock, etc. ; I am in a sorry plight, and the others
are hardly less so.
Three winter cassocks,
3 pairs of winter hose.
3 lined cloaks.
3 summer cassocks; 3 pairs of winter and 3 of
summer breeches.
3 pairs of summer hose.
3 pairs of cloth breeches for winter.
6 pairs of breeches of black duck or strong linen.
12 hempen shirts, lined ;^ calico handkerchiefs;
Cap linings,
4 hats ; 3 hoods ; 3 pairs of mittens.
One Livre of black Wool.
Half a livre of black and other silk.
One Livre of fine white thread.
2 livres of black thread, i livre of twine for Nets.
3 Lines; 3 whip- [lashes?].
3 livres of coarse white thread.
6 pairs of Shoes,
3 pairs of double-soled slippers,
3 pieces of white thread galloon.
One thousand pins.
One Ream of good and strong paper, of large size.
One Ream of small-sized paper. 3 good razors,
with a whetstone,
3 sticks of Spanish wax. 3 half-double caps.
12 [small] towels and 6 [small] napkins.^
3 covered bowls for The sick,
12 pewter spoons, with knives and forks.
[illegible — 6 case-knives?] in 6 sheaths.
3 deep pewter basins with a narrow edge.

6 plates.
3 tinned kettles with lids, and strong, to hold 6 pots
each.^
One Syringe ; one livre of Theriac ; ointment,
plasters, alum, vitriol, aniseed, medicines, and pastils.
One host- Iron, and shape for cutting the wafers.
50 livres of flour, in a Barrel. 3 Tin boxes.
One minot of Salt, In a Barrel.
A jar of oil.
A Barrel of 1 5 pots of vinegar.
30 livres of Sugar.
Rice, raisins, prunes.
25 pots of Spanish wine, In 2 kegs.
25 pots of brandy.
9 livres of pepper.
One Livre of nutmegs and cloves.
Six pairs of half-worsted hose.* [Material for
making] awnings as a protection against the gnats
that infest the mississipi.
One piece of strong sail-cloth.
One livre or 2 of cotton candle-wicking.
India ink and cotton [illegible],
A thousand nails, large, medium-sized, and small.
150 livres of powder.
50 livres of assorted shot, large and small.
30 livres of Bullets; [500 gun-flints].
Ten livres of vermilion.
Ten livres of large glass Beads — -black, white, and
Striped.
Ten livres of small glass Beads — white, green,
and transparent.
One gross of large Clasp-knives, with horn handles.
One gross of round buckles, both large and medi-
um-sized.
One gross of small metal plates.^
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hello WOLF (le LOUP)
interesting supply list......
I was born in Quebec ,spent about 30 years there on a small farming/bush island called Isle-Perrot.
it was a rest stop for the old fur trappers like PIERRE RADISSON and his ''gang''.indian masacures ,fighting between the French and English.....lots of history....as a kid,we used to hunt grouse and rabbits (When 12 year olds carried .22 and single shot shotguns instead of cell phones....)
some of our campsites had old broken clay pipes,broken glass bottles and musket balls....left by the voyageurs .....to us,it was just ''old junk''......suppose we should have ''dug a little deeper to see what other junk/treasures we might have found.
are you in OZ and or the north east?
cheers OLD CROW
 

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hello WOLF (le LOUP)
interesting supply list......
I was born in Quebec ,spent about 30 years there on a small farming/bush island called Isle-Perrot.
it was a rest stop for the old fur trappers like PIERRE RADISSON and his ''gang''.indian masacures ,fighting between the French and English.....lots of history....as a kid,we used to hunt grouse and rabbits (When 12 year olds carried .22 and single shot shotguns instead of cell phones....)
some of our campsites had old broken clay pipes,broken glass bottles and musket balls....left by the voyageurs .....to us,it was just ''old junk''......suppose we should have ''dug a little deeper to see what other junk/treasures we might have found.
are you in OZ and or the north east?
cheers OLD CROW
Good to hear from you Old Crow. Same here as a kid, wish I had realised back then how important these artifacts were!
I am living in New England NSW Australia mate. Been here over 50 years now. We live in a forest.


Regards, Keith.
 

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G'Day m8t,
Looks like a fine spot in your photo. couple ''Darwin stubbies'' beside the Billibong would make a great outing !!!!! my daughter was in OZ for a few months then went back and lived there for a year in ADELAIDE...First day there,a chap got done in by a White pointer........
have a good friend that lives in PERTH... govt.hunter, big game hunter, plus has a gas company...
me,i'm retired, short drive to get to the ''scrub''. shoot everything from shotties to pistols.
waiting to win the lottery ,then its off to W.A. for 6 months a year....I wish..

cheers glenno
 

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