The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 38 of 330
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Frontenac, took some of them and killedc
others, after which he returned to the I1linois.
As for his boat, it was never heard
During the time this happened the Illinois
were greatly alarmed at seeing a party of
600 Iroquois. It was then near the month
of September. The desertion of our men,
and the journey of M. de la Salle to Fort
Frontenac, made the savages 'suspect that
we intended to betray them. They severely
reproached me on the arrival of their enemies.
As I was so recently come from
France and was not then acquainted with
their manners, I was embarrassed at this
event and determined to go to the enemy
with necklaces, and to tell them that I was
surprised they should come to make war
with a nation dependent on the government
of New France, and which M. de la Salle,
whom they esteemed, governed. An Illinois
accompanied me, and we separated ourselves
from the body of the Illinois, who,
to the number of 400 only, were fighting
with the enemy. When I was within gunshot
the Iroquois shot at us, seized me, took
the necklace from my hand, and one of
them plunged a knife into my breast,
wounding a rib near the heart. However,
having recognized me, they carried me into
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/38/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.