mouths of the streams there are large quantities of driftwood all undisturbed, as neither of the islands are inhabited. The nearest point on the mainland is 200 [miles] distant [which] is perhaps the cause of its being uninhabited. [July] 15. Picked up our parties, one last [evening] from Hall [Island], the other this morning from St. Matthew’s. Early after traps were collected, mostly for l none caught. The handsome snowflake was found on both islands in great abundance, pure white with sprinkling of black dots on extremities of wing and tail feathers. We landed again down towards the [South] end of the island today, nearly all going ashore in launch and boats. The ground everywhere flowery tho’ said to be less so than at the other 2 landings. Lupine, Astragalus, [Sketches: Portion of the [East] coast of St. Matthew’s [Island] near point where our 2d party landed towards [North] end of island; Volcano near landing place July 15 on [East] side near South end of island St. Matthew’s.]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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