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Excerpt from The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, Vol. 24: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791
The Sillery Indians are especially severe on the women who leave their husbands. An instance of this sort having occurred, they secure permission from Montmagny to build a little prison of their own at Sillery, in which the woman is placed, with an injunction to entreat God to make her more sensible and obedient. Here, in the depth of winter, she is kept twenty-four hours, without fire or blanket, or at first, without other bed than the bare ground; through Father de Quen's intercession she is afterward given a little bread, and some straw to rest on. Toward evening, they judged it proper to release her; it was enough for inspiring terror in this poor creature, and was a little beginning of government for these new Christians. The punishment sufiiced for this young woman, and for several others. Several of the men no longer strike their wives in anger, but gently reprove them, or even patiently endure without reply.
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