John Muir


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[July] 13th. Started early for [East] end of St. Lawrence, passed King [Island] at 7 A.M. Rain. Arrived at 4:30, wind high and rainy, yet 2 boats put off, botanists, birders, etc. Took 50 minutes to reach shore after hard pull. Got sight of 3 polar bears [which] turned out after hot pursuit to be swans, and possession of a few goslings and plants. Arrived at vessel at 8 P.M. and immediately sailed for St. Matthew Island. No natives seen. Land still desolate. [July] 14th. Rather dull and wet at times, slight showers and tendency to fog. Arrived at Hall Island a mile or two from St. Matthew’s at 6 P.M. and landed a party, then immediately started for St. Matthew’s where another party was landed, care having been taken to record the course [Sketch: [East] side of St. Matthew’s [Island].]

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