Johnson Strait Fifty Hugh Sound, Fisher Channel, Tol[illegible] Channel, Fraser Reach, Grenville Channel etc from channel to channel every on of these marvelous pathways eroded by the glaciers & not appreciably changed by post glacial agents. Even the rocks along the shores are scarce at all wasted by the beating of the waves because these arms of the sea have but just come into existence These waves have but just begun to beat But dear me How comprehensively impossible it is for anything like a fair presentation of the subject to be made here. I have been gazing nearly all these nightless days as the wondrous landscapes passed in review - & have scarce written a note. We arrived here this morning at Fort Wrangall we stopped half a day It is a rickety falling scatterment of houses dead & decomposing set & sunken in a blacky oozy bog the crooked trains of wooden huts wriggling along either side of streets obstructed by wolfish curs, hideous Indians, logs, stumps & erratic boulders The mud between a little too thick to sail in & far too soft to walk int. But How beautiful are the mountains beyond laden with glaciers & the many wooded islands circling around the bay to seaward. Sitka is a queer old townlet. Yankee Russian & Indian Architecture
1879 Jul 15
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Reel 03, Image 1112
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