The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 77 of 268
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out the River Mississippi, imagined it might
fall into the adjacent bay, and resolved to
go view all the coasts about it and to make
use of the bark La Belle. Accordingly he
ordered me to repair to the said bark with
five men and a canoe, into which he put his
clothes and other effects in several chests.
That short voyage was very troublesome
to us, by reason of the foul weather, with
contrary winds and storms, which had like
to have overwhelmed us; and, what was still
worse, we did not find the bark where we
had left her. We went on a league further
to no purpose, and provisions beginning to
fall short, because we had been six days on
the way, instead of three, we resolved to
return to the place from whence we came.
M. de la Salle, seeing us return at a distance,
came to meet us. Our report troubled
him for the bark, which he stood in need of,
so that he resolved to go himself to seek her.
He embarked in a canoe, and sent me
another way in another. After having
wandered about all that day, and the next
night, and the day following, we at last
perceived her where she lay under shelter
in a little creek, having been in danger of
perishing by the foul weather we had been
in, and had lost her boat, which was not
well made fast.
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