The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 249
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The 24th, we continued to go up the river, upon which we
made four leagues along several points of the compass, which actu-
ally amounted to only two and a half leagues north; then we
stopped on the right in a place which separated two rivers, one
which runs to the east and the other to the northwest.
The 25th, we entered into the river which descended from
the northwest. Our savages told us that the one which descended
from the east was the entrance of a bayou, which we had found
on the twenty-first; we made this day three leagues to the north.
The 26th, having advanced half a league to the north, we
rounded a point, veering from the northwest to the north-north-
east; this detour was a league and a half. We found ourselves
then only a musket shot north of our last encampment; we con-
tinued to advance up to the high lands, which are covered on the
right of the river with pines; we figured we have made accord-
ing to estimate seventy-seven leagues up to this point.
The 27th, we remained at camp because of the rain; our sav-
ages killed some deer and turkey there.
The 28th, it was extremely cold, which obliged us to remain
in this place.
The 29th, we made four leagues to the northwest; we stopped
on a high ground on the right, on which there were several pine
The 3oth, we made six leagues along the points of the com-
pass, which amounted to only two leagues north; we stopped on
the left at the lower part of a small stream.
The 31st, we made six leagues, which correctly represented
only two leagues toward the northeast; we noted that from the
first day of March to the twenty-eighth the waters had dropped
in the river more than three toises, and, that from the twenty-
eighth to the thirty-first, they have risen two toises.
We made five leagues, which reduced to accuracy represented
only two leagues to the north; we found high lands on the left,
as we sailed along Bear River, at the entrance of which we made
camp; we have estimated to have made, from Natchitoches up to
this river, o8 leagues to the northwest.
April 2nd, I resolved to go with one of my pirogues and a party
of savages through this Bear River to the portage of the Nas-
sonites, having only five leagues by water and ten by land in order
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