Wills of the time reflected the importance of religion and the preoccupation with life after death. Like Champlain, founder of Québec, and Frontenac, Governor of New France during the 17th century, the vast majority of testators made bequests for the saying of prayers and masses, and for charitable works.

Will of Samuel de Champlain, November 17, 1635
FR CHAN LXII 138 Rés 282