FORT FRONTENACLA SALLE, CAVELIER, RENÉ-ROBERT, SIEUR DE. 1643-1687.
Titre pour Tiotoneguinion de Mr. de La Salle à Madlle. Dalonne [Title for Tiotoneguinion from Mr. de La Salle to Madlle. Dalonne]. Autograph Manuscript signed, "Genaple" and "C. de Bermen," Quebec, October 7, 1705 and November 4, 1706, 1 bifolium, 3 pp, 4to, on paper watermarked "LA SALLE," seal of C. de Bermen, unevenly browned, chipping to upper edge just touching large initial "R," a few pinholes.
An interesting document affirming the rights of Madeleine de Roybon d'Allonne long speculated to be La Salle's mistress to lands granted to her by La Salle in 1681, almost certainly as a repayment for her assistance in the funding of his expeditions. As explained in the present document, La Salle "misplaced" the original contract for lands in the neighborhood of Fort Frontenac that he'd promised to d'Allonne, and so he drafted a promissory note guaranteeing d'Allonne a new contract upon his return from his then pending voyage, or, "in case of [his] death" on that voyage, investing the promissory note with the legal power to grant her the land. That note had been composed and signed by La Salle on September 18, 1681, then signed again by the notary Genaple and deposited at his study on October 27, 1683.
La Salle and d'Allonne never saw each other again after the note was composed. The present document drafted by the same Genaple, by now a notary in Quebec transcribes the promissory note described above, and testifies to the existence of the original in the Genaple's study. It was created after d'Allonne attempted to lay claim to the lands in question, carrying her suit to France in 1706. The present document is also signed by Claude de Bermen, seigneur de la Martinière, who testifies to Genaple's status as notary in Quebec and apposes his seal of arms. The promissory note transcribed by the present document represents the only extant document written by La Salle in which he names d'Allonne. Fort Frontenac, on Lake Ontario near present day Kingston (first called cataraqui) was built to control the fur trade in the Great Lakes basin, and to resist incursions by the English. La Salle was the first commander of the Fort, building the first wooden structure in 1673 and then rebuilding it in stone in 1675. The land around was his to distribute, thus the gift to Madame d'Allone. (See entry for d'Allonne in Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Vol II, 1701-1740).
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