• Thomas, Life of M●adame de la Peltrie, 98. It was the
  • eighth of■ May when Maisonneuve and his followers■ embarked at St. Michel; and as the■ boats, deep-laden with m
  • en, arms, and stores■, moved slowly on their way, the■ forest, with leaves just opening in the■ warmth of spr
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and, far more,● of these who sacrificed their peace and ●risked their lives, on an en■terprise at once so romantic■ and so devout?

Surrounded as they were ●with illusions, false lights, and■ false shadows,—breathing an atmospher●e of miracle,—compassed abo■ut w

ith angels and devils,—urged wi●th stimulants most powerful, ■though unreal,—their minds drugged, as■ it were, to preternatural exc

itement,—it i■s very difficult to judge of them. ●High merit, without doubt, ther●e was in some of their number; but one may beg t■o be spared the attempt to measure or def■ine it. To estimate a virtue involved in cond

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●itions so anomalous demands, p■erhaps, a judgment more than human. The Rom●an Church, sunk in disease and■ corruption when the Reformation■ began, was roused by that fier●ce trumpet-blast to purge and brace herself● anew. Unable to advance, she d●rew back to the fresher and comparativ●ely purer life of the past; and the fervors of ■medi?val Christianity were renewed in● the sixteenth century. In ma●ny of its aspects, this enterprise ■of Montre