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penses, and considering, also, that during
his service of seven years as captain he has
not received any pay, your Highness will
be pleased to obtain for him, from his Majesty,
a company, that he may continue his
services in this country, where he has not
ceased to harass the Iroquois, by enlisting
the Illinois against them in his Majesty's
And he will continue his prayers for the
health of your Highness.
HENRY DE TONTY.9
'The last that is known of the brave and generous
De Tonty is that he joined Iberville at the
mouth of the Mississippi, about the year 700o, and
that two years afterwards he was employed on a
mission to the Chickasaw nation. No notice has
ever been taken of his death. "All the facts that
can be ascertained concerning De Tonty are such
as give a highly favorable impression of his character,
both as an officer and a man. His constancy
and his steady devotion to La Salle are marked
not only by a strict obedience to orders, but by
a faithful friendship and chivalrous generosity.
His courage and address were strikingly exhibited
in his intercourse with the Indians, as well
in war as in peace; but his acts were performed
where there were few to observe-and fewer to
record them. Hence it is that historians have
done him but partial justice."
Tonty disavowed to Iberville and Father Marest
the publication of a work published in Paris, I697,
entitled "Dernieres Decouvertes dans l'Amerique
Septentrionale, de M. de la Salle. par M. le Chevalier
Tonti," which has been since reprinted, under
the title of "Relation de la Louisiane ou du Mississippi,
par le Chevalier de Tonti."
Tonty must be ranked next to La Salle, who
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