_Thursday, 23._–At five in the morning we proceeded on our voyage,
but found it very difficult to travel along the beach. We observed
several places where the natives had stationed themselves and set their
nets since our passage downwards. We passed a small river, and at five
o’clock our Indians put to shore in order to encamp, but we proceeded
onwards, which displeased them very much, from the fatigue they
suffered, and at eight we encamped at our position of the 8th instant.
The day was very fine, and we employed the towing line throughout the
course of it. At ten, our hunters returned, sullen and dissatisfied.
We had not touched any of our provision stores for six days, in which
time we had consumed two rein-deer, four swans, forty-five geese, and a
considerable quantity of fish: but it is to be considered, that we were
ten men, and four women. I have always observed, that the north men
possessed very hearty appetites, but they were very much exceeded by
those with me since we entered this river. I should really have thought
it absolute gluttony in my people, if my own appetite had not increased
in a similar proportion.
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