The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 54 of 268
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as the ship touched, which would have prevented
her sticking aground; the folly of
lowering his main-sheet and hoisting out his
sprit-sail, the better to fall into the wind
and secure the shipwreck; the captain's refusing
to admit the pilot of the bark La
Belle, whom M. de la Salle had sent to
assist him; the sounding upon the shoals
to no purpose, and several other circumstances
reported by the ship's crew and
those who saw the management, were infallible
tokens and proofs that the mischief had
been done designedly and advisedly, which
was one of the blackest and most detestable
actions that man could be guilty of.3
This misfortune was so much the greater
because that vessel contained almost all the
ammunition, utensils, tools and other necessaries
for lI. de la Salle's enterprise and settlenent.
He had need of all his resolution to
bear up against it; but his intrepidity did
not forsake him, and he applied himself,
without grieving, to remedy what might be.
All the men were taken out of the ship; he
desired M. de Beaujeu to lend him his long
boat, to help save as much as might be. We
began with powder and meal. About thirty
hogsheads of wine and brandy were saved,
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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/m1/54/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .