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CARHEIL, Etienne de, missionary, born in France in the first half of the 17th century; died in Quebec in 1726. He arrived in Canada in 1666, was sent to Cayuga in 1668, and founded a mission among the Hurons. His converts among the savages were few, although he mastered their language thoroughly, and was regarded by them as a saint and a man of genius. He wrote a vocabulary of the Caayuga language and published a catechism in severa.1 of the kindred dialects. He was plundered and expelled by the Cayugas in 1684, and was then sent to the Ottawa tribes. It was said that he spoke the Iroquois language better than his own, and there was scarcely a dialect in North America. with which he had not some acquaintance. He was still laboring as a missionary in 1721.
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