The journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle Page: 98 of 330
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I had already acquired some small knowledge
of the Iroquois language, and Father
Luke and I translated the Creed, Lord's
Prayer and Litany, which we caused them
to get by heart and repeat to their children.
They pronounce no labial letters, such
as B, P, M, F. Here we remained
two years and a half, till we saw
our house of mission finished, and then returned
in a canoe down the River St. Lawrence
Having tarried there till those who were
expected from Europe to bear part in this
discovery were arrived, I embarked in a
small canoe, made of the bark of birch trees,
carrying nothing with me but a portable
chapel, one blanket and a mat of rushes,
which was to serve me for bed and quilt.
I arrived at Fort Frontenac the 2d of November,
I678,2 and on the i8th embarked
in a brigatine of about ten tons and fifteen
men, the Sieur de Ia Motte, commander. We
sailed on till we came to the further end
of the Lake Ontario, and on the 6th of January
entered the River Niagara, where we
set our carpenters and the rest of the crew
to work in building a fort and some houses;
[' From this point Hennepin's narrative should
be compared with those of Tonty (Vol. I., Ch. i)
and Le Clercq (I., Chap. iv. and v.), and with
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