191 16th Sep [September] at Wrangell Lovely silvery satiny pearly day the view from the hill over the bay ravishingly beautiful & novel the water a mirror but white mostly the islands black with black reflection whole [form] outlined, then the blue [islands] beyond they also mirrored in front in own color then the glossy [satiny] clouds with dark purplish centers & bars of black [never] before saw 20 white a day so much subdued lustre x them of similar sufferings of their own & of the childs bitter [loss] in another world all in a perfectly natural way wholly unlike the vacant silent hesitating behavior of most civilized [friends] who seem [nonplussed] & awkward afraid to speak.
192 W.W. Russell Thunder Bay Lake Superior W [west] Dir [direction] gl [glacier] [strie] Sitka Bay. Menzies Sp [Spruce] on hill back of Wrangell 475 yrs [years] old 6 ft dia [diameter] inside back 5 ft ab [above] ground
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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