After lunch we drove into Saint-Martin to see if we could get a look at the baptismal font in the church where René Goupil, patron saint of anesthetists, had been baptized on May 15, 1608. To our great surprise, despite the fact that there was not a soul visible on the streets (I did see a little girl poke her head out the door of a café called, fortuitously, Le Goupil), the church door was ajar as if waiting for us to enter (the mairie, on the other hand, was locked). There was no one around. At the back of the church we found a plaque commemorating René's baptism as well the 400-year-old baptismal font beneath it. This had at one time been in a park outside a restaurant in Angers, according to the book A Ghost in the Mohawk Valley by William Breault, S.J., but comparing pictures of it there and our own pictures from the church yesterday confirmed that it had been transported back to its original place in Saint-Martin-du-Bois.
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