Not One Wildman Was Admitted To Come Into The Fort That Day,
Saying It Was Not Our Coustomes To Shew The Splendour Of Our Banquetts
Before They Should Be Presented Att Table.
The wildmen have no other then
ground for their table.
In the meantime we weare not idle, the impatient father exercising himselfe
as the rest. The evening being come, the wildmen are brought to the place
destinated, not far from our fort. Every one makes his bundle of provisions
& marchandises & household stuff, gunns, &c., some hid in the ground, and
the rest scattered because we could not save them. We made excellent
bisquetts of the last year's corne, & forgott not the hoggs that weare a
fatning. Att last the trumpetts blowes, putt yourselves in order; there is
nothing but outcryes, clapping of hands, & capering, that they may have
better stomach to their meat. There comes a dozen of great kettles full of
beaten Indian corne dressed with mince meate. The wisest begins his speech,
giving heaven thanks to have brought such generous ffrench to honnour them
so. They eate as many wolves, having eyes bigger then bellies; they are
rare att it without noise. The time was not yett com'd to acknowledge the
happinesse we received from such incompareable hosts. Heare comes 2 great
kettles full of bussards broyled & salted before the winter, with as many
kettles full of ducks. As many turtles was taken in the season by the nett.
Heere att this nothing but hooping to man's admiration whilst one was a
eating, and other sort comes, as divers of fish, eels, salmon, and carps,
which gives them a new stomach.
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