The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 46 of 330
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to the village, where at least there was
wood, so that we might die warm. The
wind lulling we set off, and on entering
Sturgeon's Creek we saw a fire made by
savages who had just gone away. We
thought they were gone to their village, and
determined to go there; but the creek having
frozen in the night we could not proceed
in our canoe. We made shoes of the late
Father Gabriel's cloak, having no leather.
We were to have started in the morning,
but one of my men being very ill from having
eaten some parre-fleche in the evening,
delayed us. As I was urging our starting,
two Ottawas savages came up, who led
us to where the Poutouatamis were. We
found some Frenchmen with them, who
kindly received us. I spent the winter with
them, and the Father Zenoble left us, to pass
the winter with the Jesuits at the end of the
bay. I left this place in the spring (I68i)
for Michilimakinac, hardly recovered from
the effects of what we had suffered from
hunger and cold during thirty-four days.
We arrived at Michilimakinac about the
fete Dieu in October [June]. M. de la Salle
arrived with M. Forest some days afterwards,
on his way to seek us at the Illinois.
He was very glad to see us again, and notwithstanding
the many past reverses, made
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/46/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.