37 [forms] the fertile bottom lands on wh [which] most of the best ranches are located. Malaria pretty common from one end to the other. The amount of water [ ] in the river Nov 15th 1877 a dry year is about a [current] ten feet wide 2 ft deep flowing 3 miles per hour - a month ago while evaporation was much greater. The amount was less than half as much nearly dry - The San Joa [Joaquin] was in most places a series of currentless pools separated [wholly] by sand bars now quite a current [ ] [above] the Merced. Hills Ferry at confluence 5th day camped about 5 miles 
38 below in a hog pasture Fired big oak trunk, heavy dew & fog - 6th day [rowed] about 17 miles in a [singularly] [duller] snaggy worm out looking [portion] of the river. Camped in a very fertile grassy field in willow thicket - fire of drift. On Patterson grant. 7th day [rowed] 18 miles, camped just above [Graysonvilles] [Enjoyed] some fine [beaches] glassy slipping current fine views of Coast mtns [mountains] Cold & foggy until noon then hot passed over two peebly bars Found a salmon boat [new] 
Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17 cm.
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