amount of motion in the ice immediately to the N. of the Am[erican] continent. Again migratory birds in large flocks are seen flying N. from Pt. B[arrow] every summer and returning every autumn, some say with their young. And indeed land is reported to have been actually seen in this direction by the master of a whaleship. Possibly with the means at his command, Indians and dogs, and the experience he will gain in the matter of ice travel he may be able to cross to this land, should it exist, and in any case whatever journeys may be made over the ice or the snow or the land in summer, some new facts will be gained. The piling up of the ice along the shore in winter must be a grand spectacle, and curious, and the starry nights lasting for months, while the winter cold is not hard to bear with clothing to suit the snug quarters. While the summer is mild the Eskimo children go naked. The Corwin towed his schooner out beyond the heads on the 24th and we hope to set out on our next Arctic voyage in a day or two. J.M.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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