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him with a number of Canadians, and as
soon as I should have found him, to return
back to execute the orders of M. de Denonville.
I embarked, therefore, for the Illinois, on
St. Andrew's Day (30th of October, 1685);
but being stopped by the ice, I was obliged
to leave my canoe and to proceed on by land.
After going 120 leagues, I arrived at the
Fort of Chi'agou, where M. de la Durantaye
commanded; and from thence I came
to Fort St. Louis, where I arriveq in the
middle of January, I685 (i686). I departed
thence on the i6th [ isthf February,
with thirty [251 Frenchmen, and five Illinois
and Chawanons, for the sea, which I
reached in Holy Week [April io]. After
having passed the above-named nations, I
was very well received. I sent out two
canoes, one towards the coast of Mexico,
and the other towards Carolina, to see if
they could discover anything. They each
sailed about thirty leagues, but proceeded
no farther for want of fresh water. They
reported that where they had been the land
began to rise. They brought me a porpoise
and some oysters. As it would take us five
months to reach the French settlements, I
proposed to my men, that if they would
trust to me to follow the coast as far as
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