The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 112
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112 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Clercq's Account of La Salle's attempt to reach the Mississippi by sea, and
Douay's Narrative of La Salle's attempt to ascend the Mississippi in 1687.
Joutel's Journal is by far the most reliable and otherwise valuable
account of the Gulf expedition, and the different versions of it make a few
words of explanation necessary. Joutel, who was the historian of the expe-
dition, and one of the few surviviors, carried this Journal with him on his
return to France October 9, 1688. There was no early publication of it,
but in 1713 there appeared in Paris a work entitled A Journal of the Last
Voyage Performed by Monsr. de la Sale to the Gulph of Mexico, etc., and in
etc., and in the following year, 1714, an English translation of the same
in Paris and London. This work was in fact nothing but an edited account
of what Joutel had written, as it is stated in the preface that his manu-
script had been submitted to M. de Michel, who "was a proper Person to
judge of it and put it into a Dress fit to appear in publick." The Journal
in its completeness was published for the first time in 1879 in the Margry
collection, and when compared with it the previous version is found to be
greatly abridged, differently arranged in part, and to contain some addi-
tions. The abridgement and difference in arrangement are easily explain-
able, but there is difficulty in accounting for Michel's source of information
for the additions that were made. Mr. French, in his Collections, follows
the abridged English edition of 1714, which is, it is unnecessary to say,
inadequate to a full and satisfactory knowledge of the expedition so far as
it is to be gained from Joutel.
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