The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 27 of 268
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The 20th we found the variation of the
needle was 5 west, and we were in 26 40'
of north latitude and 285 I6' longitude.
The 23d it grew very cloudy, which threatened
stormy weather, and we prepared to
receive it, but came off only with the apprehension,
the clouds dispersing several ways,
and we continued till the 27th in and about
28 I4', and both by the latitude and estimation
it was judged that we were not far
The bark called La Belle was sent out to
discover and keep before, sounding all the
way, and half an hour before sunset we saw
the vessel La Belle put out her colors and lie
by for us. Being come up with her, the
master told us he had found an oozy bottom
at thirty-two fathom water. At eight of the
clock we sounded, also, and found forty
fathom, and at ten but twenty-five. About
midnight La Belle, sounding again, found
only seventeen, which being a demonstration
of the nearness of the land, we lay by
for the Joly, to know what M. de Beaujeu
designed, who, being come up, lay by with
The 27th M. de Beaujeu sent the Chevalier
d'Aire [d'Here], his lieutenant, and two
pilots to M. de la Salle to conclude upon the
[7 Cf. these observations with MARGRY III., 115.1
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