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1648-49] RAGUENEAU TO FATHER GENERAL 269

boys, donnas, soldiers,— there is not one who does

not seriously attend to his soul's salvation ; so that

clearly vice is banished hence, here virtue rules,

and this is seen to be the home of holiness. This

surely is our rejoicing, our peace in war, and our

great security ; for, whatever may be the dispensation

of divine Providence, in life or in death this will be

our consolation, that we are the Lord's and ever

shall be, as we are permitted to hope. That so it

may be, we implore your Paternity's Benediction

upon us and our mission; and I chiefly, though

unworthiest of all,—

Your most Reverend Paternity's

Most humble and obedient son,

Paul Ragueneau.

From the Residence of Sainte Marie,

among the Hurons, new France,

March i, 1649.

To our Most Reverend Father in Christ,

Vincent Caraffa, General of the

Society of Jesus, Rome.

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