with me, meaning you as Vanderbilt had given our news. Learned that the Cal’ would not sail until this evening & made up our minds to take a drive out in the highways & byways adjacent to the town. While strolling about the streets last evening I felt a singular interest in the [Thlinket?] Indians I met & something like a missionary spirit came over me. Poor fellows I wish I could serve them. There is good eating but poor sleeping here. My bed was but little like our own at home. Met Major Morris the Treasury agent this morning. He is going up with us. He is you remember the writer of that book on Alaska that I brought with me. About 9 o’clock we got a horse & buggy at the livery stable & began our devious drive by going back to the Dakota to call on 1st Officer Griffith & give him a box of weeds for his kind deeds. Then took any road that offered out into the green leafy country How beautiful it is, Every road banked high & emborvered in dense fresh green Tall ferns 6 to 8 ft high close to the wheels, then [sperara?] 2 or 3 species, wild rose bushes, M[illegible], hazel, hawthorn, then a host of young Douglas Spruces &
Victoria, B. C.
1880 Aug 3
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0267
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