[well] 7 inch bore 305 ft [foot] deep water brackish – [passes] through sand & blue clay very fine estuary sediment
The [bottom] is probably about 100 ft [feet] below sea level
Other [wells] in the vicinity not so deep by 100 ft [feet]
From here to the San Joa [Joaquin] 4 miles – by the river 10 or more
The lower portion of river courses always more [ ]
The Merced is a charming river from its icy formations all the way to its end
This [canon] [portions] beautifully vine draped. The lv [leaves] now ripe glowing in red & yellow many charming [reaches] oak & willow & cephalanthus on the banks.
Beaver still common
They make no dams here but dwell in [holes] in the bank Eat willow & cephalanthus the channel of the Merced from its debauchment into the [plain] is [about] from 1 to 2 [miles] wide though seldom [covering] it all [now] [even] in flood [ ]
This channel eroded in [sediment] rock [sand] & [conglomerate]
Original journal dimensions: 10.5 x 17 cm.
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