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original volumes, readily to ascertain just
what has been changed or omitted.
Although the scope of the volumes will
quickly appear from a cursory examination
of the table of contents, an additional word
of explanation may be helpful.
The first volume is composed of miscellaneous
documents relating to the Mississippi
and the Texas expedition, while the second
is devoted to Joutel's narrative of the latter.
Among the writers represented in the first
volume are Tonty, Hennepin, Le Clercq,
Membre, Douay, Cavelier, brother of the
explorer, and La Salle himself. The somewhat
heterogenous character of the volume
is modified by the fact that Tonty, the first
and most important of those mentioned,
treats of the whole period of which the
others, in a measure, give supplementary
The list includes all of those who from
personal knowledge have written at length
concerning La Salle, while the documents
reprinted comprise nearly all the original
material relating to him that is available in
English. Two notable exceptions will at
once occur to the special student-the
various translations from Margry, pubXXii
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