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Michigan Chapter Six

Cadillac as Feudal Lord

Friends rushed in to separate them when Cadillac picked up a heavy brass candlestick and hurled it at Sabrevois, striking him in the face and wounding him severely. The candle was extinguished, leaving the room in total darkness. Friends parted the belligerents and got them safely to their respective quarters. Nothing serious came of it; there was no duel; although the governor ordered an investigation and the testimony was reduced to writing, the whole matter appears to have been dropped.
The records show that Sabrevois was appointed to the command at Detroit in 1712. But his appointment was vigorously opposed by the Chevalier de Ramezay, who was a powerful influence in the colony, and he succeeded in holding it up until 1715. In the meantime La Foret continued in authority until his death in 1714, and in the interval after his death until the arrival of Sabrevois, Du Buisson was acting commandant. Sabrevois commanded only two years. Upon his arrival he called the inhabitants together and pointed out the dilapidated and unsafe condition of the fort. He proposed that all join in improving it for mutual safety. This was agreed to on the part of some. Thereupon Sabrevois proceeded with the work. Those who had agreed with him to share the expense backed out and he was left to foot the bills alone. He asked the government to come to his relief but this was never done. He was, possibly as a recognition of his services, made a chevalier of the military order of St. Louis. From 1721 to 1724 he was commandant at Fort Chambly. Here he was visited by Charlevoix, then traveling through the country and writing letters, afterward published. In one of them he speaks in very complimentary terms of Sabrevois. The latter was afterwards major of Montreal, where he died in 1727. He was succeeded at Detroit in 1717 by Alphonse de Tonty, who now appears again upon the stage of local history on which he had previously cut something of a figure.

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