The journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle Page: 29 of 268
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The 30th the Chevalier d'Aire and the
second pilot of the Joly came aboard us to
confer and adjust by our reckonings what
place we might be in, and they all agreed,
according to M. de la Salle's opinion, that
the currents had set us to the eastward, for
which reason we held on our course, as we
had done the day before, to the northwest,
keeping along the shore till the first of January,
I685, when we perceived that the currents
forced us towards the land, which
obliged us to come to an anchor in six
We had not been there long before the
bark La Belle made a signal that she had
discovered land, which we descried at about
four leagues' distance from us. Notice was
given to M. de Beaujeu, who drew near to
us, and it was resolved to send some person
to discover and take an account of the land
that appeared to us.
Accordingly a boat was manned, and into
it went M. de la Salle, the Chevalier d'Aire
and several others; another boat was also
put out, aboard which I went, with ten or
twelve of our gentlemen, to join M. de la
Salle, and the bark La Belle was ordered to
follow, always keeping along the shore, to
the end that if the wind should rise we
might get aboard her, to lose no time.
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