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deep channel. Whilst we were consulting
what to do a storm arose, which obliged
M. de la Salle to fire a gun for us to return
aboard, which we did against our
M. de la Salle was pleased with the report
we made him, and by it several were encouraged
to go ashore to hunt, that we
might have some fresh meat. We spent all
that night, till the next morning, in hopes
of returning soon to that place; but the wind
changing forced us to weigh and sail till
the evening, when we dropped anchor in
six fathom water. The land, which we never
departed from very far, appeared to us very
pleasant, and having lain there till the I6th,
that morning we sailed west-southwest. We
weathered a point, keeping a large offing,
because of the sea's beating upon it, and
stood to the southward. At noon we were in
280 20' of north latitude, and consequently
found the latitude declined, by which we
were sensible that the coast tended to the
southward. At night we anchored in six
The 17th, the wind continuing the same,
we held on our course southwest, and, having
about ten discovered a sort of river, M.
de la Salle caused ten of us to go into a boat
to take a view of that coast and see whether
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