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Canada at this time was an object of very considerable attention at court, and especially in what was known as the parti dvot. The Relations of the Jesuits, appealing equally to the spirit of religion and the spirit of romantic adventure, had, for more than a quarter of a century, been the favorite reading of the devout, and the visit of Laval at court had greatly stimulated the interest they had kindled. The letters of Argenson, and especially of Avaugour, had shown the vast political possibilities of the young colony, and opened a vista of future glories alike for church and for king. Joutel, Relation (Margry, iii. 244, 246.
1663-1763. CANADIAN ABSOLUTISM. "Les graces qu'on y obtient par l'entremise de la Mre de Dieu vont jusqu'au miracle. Comme il faudroit composer un livre entier pour dcrire toutes ces faveurs extraordinaires, je n'en rapporterai que deux, ayant t tmoin oculaire de l'une et propre sujet de l'autre."Vie, 95.
ascertain why the Jesuits had asked for Avaugours recall. * Poncet in Relation, 1653,17. On Poncets captivity see
his credit, passes it over in silence, not being partial to