The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 9 of 268
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turned from the army, where I had servec
sixteen or seventeen years.
The reputation gained by M. de la Salle
the greatness of his undertaking, the natura
curiosity which all men are possessed with,
and my acquaintance with his kindred and
with several of the inhabitants of that city
who were to bear him company, easily prevailed
with me to make one of the number,
and I was admitted as a volunteer.
Our rendezvous was appointed at Rochelle,
where we were to embark. MM.
Cavelier, the one brother, the other nephew
to M. de la Salle; MM. Chedeville [Chefdeville],
Planteroze, Thibault, Ory, some
others and I repaired thither in July, 1684.
M. de la Salle having provided all things
necessary for his voyage, surmounted all the
difficulties laid in his way by several illminded
persons, and received his orders
from M. Arnoult, the Intendant at Rochelle,
pursuant to those he had received from the
King, we sailed on the 24th of July, I684,
being twenty-four vessels, four of them for
not appear in the Relation, showing that Michel
may have had the advantage of personal consultation
with Joutel, although the latter was not satisfied
with his editorial work. Joutel is an extreme
partisan of La Salle, and his statements concerning
his leader should be carefully checked by aid
of the printed correspondence and other documents
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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/m1/9/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .