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always held our course in sight of land, as
we had done, and that had M. de Beaujeu
held the same course, as had been agreed, he
had not been separated from us.
There were afterwards several disputes
between the captains and the pilots, as well
aboard M. de la Salle as aboard M. de Beaujeu,
when those gentlemen returned, about
settling exactly the place we were in and
the course we were to steer; some positively
affirming we were farther than we imagined
and that the currents had carried us away,
and the others that we were near the Magdalen
The former of these notions prevailed,
whence, upon reflection, M. de la Salle concluded
that he must be past his river, which
was but too true, for that river emptying
itself in the sea by two channels, it followed
that one of the mouths fell about the shoals
we had observed on the 6th of the month,
and the rather because those shoals were
very near the latitude that M. de la Salle
had observed when he came by the way of
Canada to discover the mouth of that river,
as he told me several times.
This consideration prevailed with M. de
la Salle to propose his design of returning
towards those shoals. He gave his reasons
for so doing and exposed his doubts, but his
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