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and who was to accompany me, as he expected
that M. de la Foret would come and
take the command in my absence; but as he
did not come, I sent my cousin back to command
I bought a larger boat than my own. We
embarked five Frenchmen, one Chaganon
and two slaves. We arrived on the I7th at
an Illinois village at the mouth of their
river. They had just come from fighting
the Osages, and had lost thirteen men, but
brought back one hundred and thirty prisoners.
We reached the village of the Kappas
on the i6th of January, where we were
received with demonstrations of joy, and
for four days there was nothing but dancing,
feasting and masquerading after their
manner. They danced the calumet for me,
which confirmed the last alliance. On the
2oth of January we came to Tongenga, and
they wished to entertain us as the Kappas
had done; but, being in haste, I deferred it
until another time. I did the same with the
Torremans on my arrival, on the 22d. Leaving
my crew, I set off the next day for Assotoue,
where my commercial house is.
These savages had not yet seen me, as they
lived on a branch of the river coming from
the west. They did their best, giving me
two women of the Cadadoquis nation, to
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