The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 70 of 268
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sent to us the Sieur de Villeperdry, with two
Canoes, and orders for the Sieur de Moranget
to repair to him, if he were recovered,
and that all the men should march, except
thirty of the ablest to make a good defense,
who were to stay with me in the fort. The
rest being seventy persons, as well men and
Women as children, set out with the Sieur
Moranget; and we being but a small number
remaining, I caused the fort to be
brought into a less compass, to save posting
so many sentinels.
Our little company began to take satisfaction
in the ease of getting and the nature
Of our provisions which a greater number
has more difficulty to be supplied with, and
which we had plenty of, by means of huntlng
and fishing, those being our principal
employments, and we lived well enough contented,
expecting to be removed. However,
there were some malcontents who resolved
to desert; but finding a difficulty to put it in
execution, for that they could neither get
arms, nor powder, nor ball, because the
Sieur le Gros and I kept all locked up and
Were very vigilant, that none might be lavishly
spent, they took the cruel resolution to
rid themselves of us.
That bloody massacre was to begin by me,
When I was asleep, and then to proceed to
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/70/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .