Lot 506


ETIENETTE ALTON HURTUBISE (1638, LA FLÉCHE, FRANCE-1722, MONTREAL, CANADA) RECEIPT, 1692

ink on watermarked laid paper, note acknowledging payment from ‘Paul des Caris’ for the sale of two cows, signed, 6.9" x 4.7" — 17.5 x 12 cm.

Provenance:
Letter to Edwin Hurtubise, 1927
Note by Raymond Hurtubise, 1940

Note:
Etiennette Alton was one of about 260 young French women collectively know as ‘les filles à marier’ (marriageable daughters). Before Louis XIVth’s state sponsored programme ‘Les Filles du Roi’, these courageous women left their homes in France in order to marry and establish homes and families in the New World. This receipt is for the sale of two heads of cattle to her son-in-law, Paul des Caris, in the colonial settlement of Ville Marie, now Montreal. The des Caris (Décarie) and Hurtubise families are recorded as among the earliest settlers to arrive in Canada from France.


Estimate: $200—300

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