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Some Southern Cities (In the U.S.) about 1750. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume X. Pages 201-207.
Widman, Conrad M.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
New Orleans (La)
SOME SOUTHERN CITIES (IN THE U. S.) ABOUT 17;o."‘ (FROM AN UNPUBLISHED FRENCH MANUSCRIPT, WRITTEN 1751-1753, IN THE POSSESSION or V. REV. HENRY ‘PICHERIT, or VICKSBURG, MISS.) PREPARED av REV. CONRAD M. WIZDMAN, S. J. NEW ORLEANS. THE CAPITAL on THE COLONY AND THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT AND THE COURTS OF JUSTICE.‘-' ITS ORIGIN AND PRESENT STATE. In 1718, Monsieur de Bienville, General Commandant of Louisiana, arrived with six vessels, loaded with provisions and men. These were thirty workmen, all Convicts; six carpen- ters and four Canadians. There were also Monsieur Pradel, appointed Commander of the future City; Monsieur Chassin, Intendant of Commerce; and Monsieur Dreux, who was the ' The manuscript from which the following is taken was purchased about hfty years ago, in France, by the Rev. Adrien Planquette, the well-known missionary to the Choctaws, and poet of New Orleans. At his death, Pete Planquette bequeathed the manuscript to his friend, Very Rev. F. Picherit, who has translated it. The book consists of two hundred and two pages in quarto, and an appendix of twenty pages concerning Cayenne. The book contains seven letters written from 17:9 to 1753. and addressed to various persons, therefore many of the author’: statements occur repeat ‘ly, often in the same words. Many of the facts he given are already well-known, and have been correctly stated by de Pratz, Martin and Gayarre, the histo- rians of Louisiana. But the work is specially interesting from the author’s judgments on contemporary persons and events, wherein he is frequently at variance with the published history. A Curious feature of the book is his singular theory concerning the origin of the American Indians and of the colored race. The book was put together between 175: and 1753, from copies which he had pre- served or letters formerly written. The name of the author is not distinctly given; but it is probable that he was called Darby, and that his descendants are still living in Louisiana. It is not likely that he was connected with William Darby, who published a History of Louisiana, at New York, in 1817. The author of the manuscript says that he is an Englishman, and one of the letters was translated from English into French. His French, though not free from occasional errors of spelling and some irregularities of expression, is remarkably 201