The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 99 of 330
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but, foreseeing that this was like to give
jealousy to the Iroquois, and to the English
who dwell near them, and have a great
commerce with them, we told those of the
village of Niagara that we did not intend
to build a fort on the bank of their river,
but only a great storehouse to keep the
commodities we had brought to supply their
occasions. And, to remove their suspicions,
M. de la Motte thought it absolutely necessary
to send an embassy to the Iroquois,
telling me "he was resolved to take along
with him seven men out of sixteen that we
were in all, and desired me to accompany
him, because I understood in a manner the
language of their nation." We passed
through forests thirty-two leagues, and
after five days' journey came to a great village,
and were immediately carried to the
cabin of their principal. The younger savages-washed
our feet and rubbed them over
with the grease of deer, wild goats and oil
of bears. They are for the most part tall
and well shaped, covered with a sort of
robe made of beavers' and wolves' skins, or
black squirrels, holding a pipe or calumet
in their hands. The Senators of Venice do
not appear with a graver countenance, and
perhaps do not speak with more majesty and
solidity than those ancient Iroquois.
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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/m1/99/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.