Sep. 6. Ran down to the mouth of Hotham Inlet and came to anchor about 10 A.M. Spent an hour on shore at a small village. 3 summer huts made of slender poles about 12 ft. long meeting at the top, and thus forming a perfect cone. Covered with deerskins, some with white drill, or patched and eked out with sealskin, near and healthy huts. When large encampment make pretty show at distance, all white. Built on gravel beach. The poles found nearby on the hills, white spruce patches visible from the ship, and abundant growth back along the banks of the river that enters the head of the Inlet. Abundance of good salmon hanging to dry for winter use. Also white fish. Here is the grand commercial centre for the native trade from Siberia and the American coast around
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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