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ill fortune made him not be regarded. Our
passage had taken up more time than had
been expected, by reason of the calms; there
was a considerable number of men aboard
the Joly, and provisions grew short, insomuch
that they said it would not hold out
to return if our departure were delayed.
For this reason M. de Beaujeu demanded
provisions of M. de la Salle, but he asking
enough for a long time, M. de la Salle answered
he could only give him enough for
a fortnight, which was more time than was
requisite to reach the place he intended to
return to; and that, besides, he could not
give him more provisions without rummaging
all the stores to the bottom of the hold,
which would endanger his being cast away.
Thus nothing was concluded, and M. de
Beaujeu returned to his own ship.1
In the meantime want of water began to
pinch us, and M. de la Salle resolved to
send to look for some about the next river.
Accordingly he ordered the two boats, that
had been made ready the day before, to go
off. He was aboard one of them himself,
and directed me to follow him. M. de Beaujeu
also commanded his boat to go for
Wood. By the way we met the Sieur de
Il This paragraph does not appear in MARGRY
II., p. I35.]
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