journey farther to the west, beyond the Great Lake, then still without a name—warlike tribes, with fixed abodes, cultivators of maize and tobacco, of an unknown race and language.
Thus did the religious zeal of the French bear the cross to the banks of the St. Mary and the confines of Lake Superior, and look wistfully towards the homes of the Sioux in the valley of the Mississippi, five years before the New England Eliot had addressed the tribe of Indians that dwelt within six miles of Boston harbor.
The chieftains of the Chippewas invited the
Chap. XX.} Jesuits to dwell among them, and hopes were inspired of a permanent mission.
A council was held.
We will embrace you, said they, as brothers; we will derive profit from your words.
After finishing this excursion, Raymbault designed to rejoin the Algonquins of Nipissing, but the climate forbade; and late in the season, he returned to the harbor of the Huron missions, wasting away with consump-
Relation 1642, p. 167. tion.