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John Work's Journal

Oct 18 - Nov 17, 1824

Monday, [October] 18, [1824]. Arrived at the forks in the afternoon. It was foggy in the morning and we lost a good deal of time searching the horses which had strayed, three of which we could not find. Sent an Indian to seek them in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 19. The Indian arrived with the horses in the morning.

Wednesday, 20. Mr. Ogden arrived with the boats in the morning, 21 days from Fort George, which is reckoned an expeditious journey with loaded boats. The after part of the day was occupied with arranging the property for horseback.

Thursday, 21. The property and all the Spokan men but 2 were sent off to Spokan in charge of Mr. McDonald. Mr. Ogden remained with me and the remainder of the extra men to wait for the express.

Wednesday, 27. The express arrived in the afternoon, 2 boats with Governor Simpson, Dr. McLoughlin, Mr. McMillan and Mr. Dears and Mr. McKay.

Thursday, 28. The governor, Dr. McLoughlin, Messrs. McMillan, Ogden and McKay went off to Spokan. I was left with the men. The governor informed me that I am to go to the sea.

Saturday, 30. The gentlemen returned from Spoken. The boats are ordered to be gummed in the evening, so that everything may be ready to-morrow.

Sunday, 31. Embarked about 10 o'clock with the governor and Mr. McMillan in one boat, and Dr. McLaughlin and Mr. McKay in another, for Fort George. A third boat went ahead a few days ago to Okanagan. Mr. Ogden and the people for Spokan remain to proceed to their destination. In the evening we encamped below the San Poil River.

Monday, [November] 1, [1824]. Embarked at daylight, and arrived at Okanagan in time for breakfast. Here a halted was made, the remainder of the day preparing despatches for Mr. McLeod.

Tuesday, 2. Continued on our journey early, and encamped in the evening just above Stoney Island.

Wednesday, 3. Proceeded on our journey early in the morning and stopped in the evening some distance below the Priest's Rapid.

Thursday, 4. After supper last night we pursued our voyage and continued all night and arrived at Walla Walla a little after sunrising, where we remained for the day.

Friday, 5. We took our departure from Walla Walla after breakfast, and encamped in the evening a little below the Big Island. We were considerably retarded the greater part of the day by a strong head wind.

Saturday, 6. Embarked before daylight and came to near halfway between the Dalls and Cascades. Everything was carried at the Shoots, but we ran both the big and little Dalls. We saw a good many Indians yesterday, only about a hundred at the Shoots.

Sunday, 7. Embarked in the night, passed the portage at the Cascades and encamped in the evening opposite the upper branch of the Willamat. We had a sails wind part of the day below the Cascades.

Monday, 8. After supper last night continued our journey and arrived at Fort George in the evning. The wind was favorable and assisted us a good deal. The rainy season has not yet commenced.

Saturday, 13. Since Monday the weather has been dry and cold, with a thick frost in the morning.

Sunday, 14. Weighty rain in the night and all day. The rainy season may be considered as commenced.

Wednesday, 17. The weather has been showery since Sunday last. Preparations have been made for some days to send off an expedition to the northward, for the purpose of ascertaining the situation of the entrance of Frasers River and the possibility of navigating the coast in small boats. Frasers River and about its entrance are also to be examined, if it can be accomplished. It is understood from a report that these are the principal objects of the undertaking. The party are to consist of Mr. James McMillan, who commands the expedition, Mr. Thomas McKay, Mr. F. N. Annance and myself and 35 men. The journey is to be performed in small boats, 3 in number. Everything is now prepared to start tomorrow.