The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 32 of 268
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that we were in the Bay of Apalache, and
caused us to continue the same course.
The Ioth he took an observation and
found 29' 23' north latitude. The IIth we
were becalmed, and M. de la Salle resolved
to go ashore to endeavor to discover what
he was looking for; but as we were making
ready the pilot began to mutter because five
or six of us were going with M. de la Salle,
who too lightly altered his design, to avoid
giving offense to brutish people. In that
particular he committed an irretrievable
error, for it is the opinion of judicious men
who, as well as I, saw the rest of that voyage
that the mouth of one of the branches
of the Mississippi River, and the same
whose latitude M. de la Salle had taken
when he traveled to it from Canada, was not
far from that place, and that we must of
necessity be near the Bay of the Holy Ghost.
It was M. de la Salle's design to find that
bay, and, having found it, he had resolved
to have set ashore about thirty men, who
Were to have followed the coast on the right
and left, which would infallibly have disCOvered
to him that fatal river and have
prevented many misfortunes; but heaven
refused him that success, and even made
him regardless of an affair of such consequence,
since he was satisfied with sending
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6103/m1/32/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .