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MILET, Peter, French missionary, born in France ; died in Quebec, Canada, 31 December, 1708. He belonged to the Jesuit order, was sent to Canada in 1667, and stationed as a missionary among the Iroquois in New York in 1668. In 1671 he took charge of the Oneida mission. His progress was slow, but in 1675 he converted the principal chief, and had soon a considerable congregation. In 1684 he left the Oneidas and accompanied the French governor, De la Barre, in his proposed campaign against the Senecas. He acted as interpreter at the conference between the Iroquois chiefs and the French at Fort Frontenac in 1686. In 1687 he was at Niagara, but after the abandonment of the fort was stationed at Fort Frontenac, where his knowledge of the Iroquois character and language was relied on by the French as a means of gaining the friendship of these Indians. When Fort Frontenac was besieged by the Iroquois in 1689, Father Milet was summoned to attend a dying Christian brave, and fell into the hands of the Onondagas, who, after treating him with great indignity, gave him up to the Oneidas, by whom he was doomed to the stake, but just as he was about to be executed he was saved by a matron, who adopted him and took him to her cabin. He was released in October, 1694, and arrived safely in Quebec. In 1697 ambassadors came from the Oneidas asking to have him assigned as their missionary, but he does not appear to have returned among them.
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