leave he volunteered the information, that he was always kindly disposed towards strangers, but that most people met under such circumstances would have robbed & made way [ with?] me etc, I think therefore that leaving Snag in his care will form an interesting experiment on human nature. I fully intended to sail on down into the bay & up the San Joaquin as far as Millerton, but when I came to examine a map of the river deltas & found that the distance was upwards of three hundred miles, & learned also that the upper San Joaquin was not navigable this dry year even for my craft, & when I also took into consideration the approach of winter & danger of snow storms on the Kings River summits, I concluded to [ bye?] my way into the mountains at once, & leave the San Joaquin studies until my return. Accordingly I took the streamer to San Francisco, where I remained one day, leaving extra baggage, & getting some changes of clothing. Then went directly rail to Visalia, thence pushed up the mountains to Hydes [ Hill?] on the Kaweah, where I obtained some flour, which, together with the tea Mrs Bidwell supplied me with, & that piece of dried beef, & a little sugar, constituted my stock of provisions. From here I crossed the divide, going northward through fine Sequoia woods to converse on Kings River. Here I spent two days making some studies on the Big Trees, chiefly with aperance to their age. Then I turned eastward & pushed
1419 Taylor St. San Francisco, [Calif]
1877 Dec 3
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