Notes and Documents
Account of te Yourfeq of I/imard de la I/arpe:
Disoery Made by Ait of Several )atious
Situated iN the West 1
Translated and annotated by RALPH A. SMITH
The Council of Louisiana, which consisted, at that time, of
MM. de Bienville and Hubert, charged me with the command of
the troops and of the post of the Nassonites, Cadodaquious,
Nadsoos, and Nagodoches, savage nations above the Natchitoches,
about whom we had yet little knowledge; to this end they ordered
M. Blondel, lieutenant of the company, commanding at Natchi-
toches, to give to me, in passing, a detachment of six soldiers
from his garrison with a senior sergeant to be under my orders.
These gentlemen solicited me to do my utmost in order to succeed
at entering into trade with the Spaniards of the province of Texas,
the Kingdom of Leon, and New Mexico and to spare nothing in
order to make discoveries in the western part of Louisiana, assur-
ing me that I should be reimbursed by the Company2 for any
money that I should advance and expense that I should incur.
M. de Bienville entrusted me with a letter for the Spanish gov-
ernor of the province of Texas, of which here is the tenor:
I have received, Sir, the letter which you have done me the honor
of writing the seventeenth of October last; I am charmed to learn that
His Catholic Majesty has chosen you as governor of this province of
Texas; I have the honor of making my compliment to you. The unity,
in which His Majesty wishes that you should live with us, makes for
me so much the more pleasure, that the King, my master, orders me
also to render all the services which rest with me to the Spaniards,
and to live in a good understanding with them. I wish with all my
heart that you would offer to me some occasion, where I would be
iThis translation is from a copy of La Harpe's journal and accompanying letters
(1718-1720) printed in French in Pierre Margry (comp.), Ddcouvertes et dtablisse-
ments des Frangais dans l'ouest et dans le sud de l'Amdrique Septentrionale (1614-
i754). Mdmoires et documents Originaux (6 vols.; Paris, 1876-1886), VI, 241-306.
2John Law's Company of the West.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed February 1, 2015.