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Journal of Sister Cuillerier, hospitaller of Saint-Joseph. Relation of 1734.


The following day [April 11], we spent our day much in the same manner [&] we were in the garden without any shelter. We slept there again that night where we suffered from the cold immensely.


[…] we were accommodated in a rental house belonging to monsieur de Montigny, one of the largest in the city, but very small for lodging the forty young women that we were at the time.

The house being in proximity to a chapel named Bon-Secours, a small fence made of stakes was built along the street in order to allow us to walk there without having to mingle with lay people. There we brought the ill, who remained for three weeks; we said mass there and recited the Divine office in a room that served as a community hall. I must say […] that, from the day that we entered that house, despite all of the disturbance and pain of being seen on the street in view of everyone, we were not remiss in our worship and that our observances were maintained as regularly as if we had been cloistered. […]


The ill not being able to stay in the chapel because of the cold, together with the impracticality of carrying their meals for a distance, we rented a house vis-à-vis ours, on the other side of the street, where we then took them.[...]

Source: Archives des Religieuses hospitalières de Saint-Joseph, Montréal, Orig. ms, 1A4 / 3 Véronique Cuillerier 1725-1747, , Cuillerier, Véronique, "Annals of the Hôtel-Dieu of Montréal," 1734, p. 336-339. Notes: According to the transcription by Ghislaine Legendre

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