22 October 2014

May The Devil Be His Pilot

Menard & Valle in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

Burton Library Collection (Askin Papers):

Ste. Genevieve was at this time a garrisoned settlement in Spanish Louisiana on the opposite side of the river from Kaskaskia.  Heward had come to Kaskaskia as agent for the Miamis Company, to which Lorimier was indebted. On April 15, 1787, George Ironside wrote from Miamitown to David Gray, then at Vincennes: "Lorimier is fled from the face of his creditors & gone to the Illinois—may the Devil be his pilot."

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