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veniences there were, which made all things
appear in a miserable condition.
It was requisite to think of building a
large lodgment; M. de la Salle designed it,
but the difficulty was to get proper timber
for building. There was a little wood where
a good quantity might be had, but it was a
league up the country, and we had neither
carts nor horses to carry it; however, M. de
la Salle sent workmen thither, with others
to guard them. The trees were cut down
and squared, but the carpenters were so
ignorant that M. de la Salle was forced to
act the master-builder and to mark out the
pieces for the work he designed. Some of
those pieces of timber were dragged to the
camp over the grass and weeds the plain
was covered with; afterwards the carriage
of a gun was made use of, but all cost so
much labor that the ablest men were quite
This excessive toil, the poor sustenance
the laboring men had, and that often retrenched
as a penalty for having failed in
doing their duty; the uneasiness M. de la
Salle was under to see nothing succeed as
he had imagined, and which often made hir
insult the men when there was little reasoo
for it-all these things together afflicted
very many so sensibly that they visibly de66
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