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Excerpt from The Present State of the European: Settlements on the Mississippi
Captain Thomas Stirling was then sent down the Ohio and arrived at Fort Chartres in time to take possession on October 10. In the spring of 1765 Pittman was making the survey of the Iberville and the report to General Gage in regard to it that he includes in his book. While Captain Stirling was ﬂoating down the Ohio River, Major Robert Farmer and the 34th Regiment of Foot, with Pittman as engineer, were slowly making their way up the Mis sissippi. Passing the Iberville in July, they reached the present site of Natchez in August, when Pitt man says that he made his survey of Fort Rosalie. As they did not reach Fort Chartres until Decem ber 4, the date upon which Major Farmer super seded Captain Stirling, they must have been more than five months on the way. Pittman remained in the Illinois villages until the spring of 1767. On the way up the river and during the year that he spent in Illinois, he must have made the surveys and investigations that he reports in his book.
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