the Crown, and exhorted to fight vigorously in the common cause. The case would have been far worse but for a few patriotic men, with Peter Schuyler at their head, who understood the character of these Indians, and labored strenuously to keep them in what was called their allegiance.
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After the Peace of Ryswick, and even before it, the French governor kept agents among them. Some of these were soldiers, like Joncaire, 杭州spa哪家好 Maricourt, or Longueuil, and some were Jesuits, like Bruyas, Lamberville, or Vaillant. The Jesuits showed their usual ability and skill in their
difficult and perilous task. The Indians derived various advantages from their presence, which they regarded also as a flattering attention; while the English, jealous of their influence, made feeble attempts to counteract it by[Pg 12] sending Protestant clergymen to Onondaga. “But,” writes Lord Bellomont, “it is next to impossible to prevail with the ministers to live among the Indians. They [the Indians] are so nasty as never to wash their 杭州足疗按摩不正规的 hands, or the utensils they dress their victuals with.” Even had their zeal been proof to these afflictions, the ministers would have been no match for their astute opponents. In vain Bellomont assured the Indians that the Jesuits were “the greatest lyars and impostors in the world.” In vain he offered a hundred dollars for every one of them whom they should deliver into his hands. They would promise to expel them; but their minds were divided, and they stood in fear of one another. While one party distrusted and disliked the priests, another was begging the governor of Canada to send more. Others took a practical view of the question. “If the English sell goods cheaper than the French, we will have ministers; if the French sell them cheaper than the English, we will have priests.” Others, again, wanted neither Jesuits nor 杭州桑拿全套信息披露 ministers, “because both of you [English and French] have made us drunk with the noise of your praying.”