huge compound glacial amphi fresh looking with many small shadow amphis. Cultivated spots well up, some sheer rocks and outstanding cliffs. The whole is the scarped edge of broad hills on mountain plateaus. Off at last from brightly lighted pier in artificial harbor. The sea is calm. Captain has given me a ventilated berth, on interpreter presenting my case of sickness, etc.
July 15th. Slept pretty well from weakness. Have felt better all day; cool bright. Have just eaten my first ordinary meal, 6:30 P.M. We stopped about 5 A.M. at important town where there is terminus of railroad from Moscow. Probably 70 miles from Sebastopol. Left at 11 A.M. The high ground back of town, gray and almost plantless. Remains of old Fort or Castle. Some new buildings. (Sketch: Looking N. from [strm,] Black [sea] coast 150 ms from [ ]) We are now sailing (8 P.M.) Along mountainous coast as in sketch. The highest points visible about 3 or 4000. Mostly brush covered. Can see, perhaps - 50 miles of extent. Some parts abruptly scarped to sea. May be part of Caucasus, can hardly be anything else. Noticed a few points well back perhaps about 6 or 7000 feet. July 16th. Lovely calm, cool morning. Slept well after first meal that could be called dinner - acid gray soup good
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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