Note: What is Talon comparing his role as governor to? Why?


“Had my health allowed it, I would have visited all the homes and cabins along the river below that site, to learn in all these places the specific needs of families and to perform the function of the common father, as you have requested of me.”


Author: Letter written to Colbert by Jean Talon (Governor from 1626 to 1694) on October 27, 1667. Cited in Nos Racines, # 10. Montréal, TLM, 1979, p. 191.