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This webpage reproduces a section of
History of Louisiana

Charles Gayarré

in the edition published by
William J. Widdleton,
New York, 1867

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 p361  First Item from the Appendix
to the Third Series of Lectures

Extract from the Despatch
written on the 12th of October, 1750,
by Livaudais, the Harbor Master and Chief Pilot.

My Lord:

I have the honor to inform your excellency of the change which was produced at the mouth of the river (Mississippi), by the Equinox of last September. When the king's vessel, Rhinoceros, arrived in July, the bed of the Pass ran south south-east, and north north-west. This has been but too frequent for these twenty-five years, during which I have been employed here in piloting vessels in and out. I rarely took them out by the same way in which I took them in; and these changes generally happen in October, when this river has not much current. At that time, the tides ascend thirty-three miles. Now it will be necessary for vessels wishing to come in, to anchor east north-east, and west south-west of the houses of the Balize Post.

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