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Plate XLII.

Plate XLII. The Murder of the Frenchman, Pierre Gambie

Plate XLII. The Murder of the Frenchman, Pierre Gambie

I have spoken in my Brief Account of one Pierre Gambie a Frenchman, who obtained a license from Laudonniere for carrying goods and trading throughout the province; and who was successful enough not only to accumulate considerable means, but also to marry into the family of a certain chief of the country. Being seized with an earnest desire of returning to see his friends at the fort, he urged his new relative until he got permission to go, but on condition of returning within a fixed number of months; and a canoe was provided for him besides, and two Indians to convey him. The goods which he had obtained were stowed in the boat; and his Indian companions murdered him while on the journey, while he was stooping over to make a fire. This was done partly in revenge, as he had, while acting in the chief’s absence in his stead, beaten one of them with his fists; and partly out of greediness for the riches which the soldier had within the boat. These they took, and fled; and the facts were unknown for a long time.

This picture, not to interrupt the series of those preceding it, is put last; nor would it have been inserted at all, had not the author of the Brief Account remembered the circumstances.

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