p63 1817 Journal Thomas Dean

Taken 1969-12-31 16:00:00-08

Comfortable repast; then we started about 2 P. M. down the river. The water in the river was falling, although it appeared low, we had frequently to get out and lift the boat along over the shoal places, but we got along without much difficulty and passed the falls or rapids by leading the boat. This is what I called the Wapanoke Dread, and we ran down to within three-quarters of a mile of the Wapanoke, where there are shoal rocky rapids and there we made our boat fast on shore, and laid down to rest, it being a ine, pleasant evening.

August 30th. Early in the morning we went down the rapids without much dihiculty by passing behind a small island, clearing away the rocks, lifting and shoving the boat along, and we came down to the settlement of the Indians before mentioned when going up. They are the Pottawottomis, and we got a large piece of venison, some com, a few beans, and let them have some more salt. We traded a little salt for Ewe muskrat skins, and then went _ on down. The water had fallen so that we had to wade and shove our boat at places that were clear when we went up. We went down two or three miles, then stopped to cook our corn and venison and take breakfast. R. Fowler complained of being chilly and unwell. He took breakfast, then we proceeded down the river, not without some dimculty. The water was much lower than when we went up. We pushed on as fast as we could, and R. Fowler grew worse, so that by 1 o'clock he lay down. He had a most violent pain in his head and back, and I thought some symptoms of fever approaching, but we were in a poor situation to administer proper medicine. He


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