ALLET, ANTOINE D’, Sulpician priest and secretary of the Abbé Queylus [see Thubières]; b. c. 1634 in Paris, in the parish of Saint-Sulpice; d. some time after 1693 in France.
Allet, having come to the attention of M. Olier, at that time his parish priest, entered the Compagnie de Saint-Sulpice. While still a deacon, he came to Canada in 1657, as secretary of Abbé Queylus. If, as several authors claim, Allet was ordained on 15 Aug. 1659 – which we strongly doubt, for he was at Quebec on 11 September of the same year – he must have gone to France in the autumn of 1658. It is tolerably certain that he was not ordained at Quebec: the chronicles of the period would not have passed over in silence what would have been the first ordination in this country. In any event, during the winter 1659–60 Allet stayed at the Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec. It was only on 27 April 1660 that his health allowed him to sail for Montreal. But the very next year he returned to France, probably with Abbé Queylus, who set out on 22 Oct. 1661. Allet landed again in Canada in 1668, together with Abbé Queylus. He continued to serve as the Abbé’s secretary until 1671, when they both left Montreal and Canada for good. Back in France, Allet spent some years at Mont-Valérien, near Paris, until he was appointed, around 1683, confessor to the Filles de la Croix at Ruel. He was still living in 1693. He is the author of two memoirs on the Jesuits in Canada, which are reproduced in the works of Antoine Arnauld.
[Antoine Arnauld], Œuvres de messire Antoine Arnauld . . . (50 v., Paris et Lausanne, 1775–83), XXXIV. JJ (Laverdière et Casgrain), passim. Henri Gauthier, La Compagnie de Saint-Sulpice au Canada (Montréal, 1912), 23.
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André Vachon, “ALLET, ANTOINE D’,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 1, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed June 5, 2023, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/allet_antoine_d_1E.html.
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|Author of Article:||André Vachon|
|Title of Article:||ALLET, ANTOINE D’|
|Publication Name:||Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 1|
|Publisher:||University of Toronto/Université Laval|
|Year of publication:||1966|
|Year of revision:||1979|
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