The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 39 of 268
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ducks and bustards. In the evening, as we
were returning, we missed an English seaman,
fired several shots to give him notice,
searched all about, waited till after sunset,
and at last, hearing no tidings of him, we
went into the boat to return aboard.
I gave M. de la Salle an account of what
we had seen, which would have pleased him
had the river we discovered afforded fresh
water. IHe was also uneasy for the lost
man, but about midnight we saw a fire
ashore, in the place we came from, which we
supposed to be made by our man, and the
boat went for him as soon as it was day on
After that we made several trips, still
steering towards the southwest, and then
ensued a calm, which obliged us to come to
an anchor. Want of water made us think
of returning towards the river where we
had been the day before. M. de la Salle
resolved to set a considerable number of
men ashore, with sufficient ammunition, and
to go with them himself, to discover and
take cognizance of that country, and ordered
me to follow him. Accordingly we
sailed back and came to an anchor in the
All things necessary for that end being
ordered on the i9th, part of the men were
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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/m1/39/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .