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Continuation of the journey across the Sand Plain 22d June 1827 North 25 Miles. My course was nearly parallel with a chain of hills in the west, on the tops of which was some snow and from which ran a creek to the north east. On this creek I encamped. The Country in the vicinity so much resembled that on the south side of the Salt Lake that for a while I was induced to believe that I was near that place. During the day I saw a good many Antelope, but could not kill any. I, however, killed 2 hares which, when cooked at night we found much better than horse meat. June 23d N E 35 Miles. Moving on in the morning I kept down the creek on which we had encamped until it was lost in a small Iake. We then filled our horns and continued on our course, passing some brackish [and] as well as some verry salt springs, and leaving on the north of the latter part of the days travel a considerable Salt Plain. Just before night I found water that was drinkable, but continued on in hopes of finding better and was obliged to encamp without any. June 24th N E 40 Miles. I started very early in hopes of soon finding water. But ascending a high point a of a hill I could discover nothing but sandy plains or dry Rooky hills with the exception of a snowy mountain off to the N E at the distance of 50 or 60 Miles. When I came down I durst not tell my men of the desolate prospect ahead, but framed my story so as to discourage them as little as possible. I told them I saw something black at a distance, near which no doubt we would find water. While I had been up on xI see now that the word is "durst" not "dout."

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