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Sept. 3rd

       Verry foggy this morning. Thermometer 63° Ferrenheit, immersed the Thermometer in the river, and the murcury arose immediately to 75° or summer heat so that there is 12° difference is sufficient to shew the vapor which arrises from the water; the fogg this prodused is impenetrably thick at this moment; we were in consequence obliged to ly by untill 9 this morning    Mr. Gui Briant  [1] arrived with two boats loaded with firrs, he informs me that if I can reach, and get over the George-town barr 24 miles I can get on; this is some consolation.    we set out at 9 this morning and passed a riffle just below us called Atkins's    got over with tolerable ease passed the mouth of big bever creek  [2] and came to ancor off Mackintosh  [3] being 2½ miles—   discharge one of my hands.—    passed the riffle below Mackintosh.—    about three miles from this we stuck on another riffle the worst I think we have yet passed were obliged to unload and drag over with horses.—    staid all night having made only  six miles.— [4]


1. Guy Bryan, a wealthy merchant of Philadelphia, supplied goods to fur traders at Kaskaskia, Illinois. Jackson (LLC), 1:44 n. 4, 157 n. 9, 189, 2:680. (Return to text.)


2. Now Beaver River, formed by the confluence of the Shenango and Mahoning rivers, and meeting the Ohio in central Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Espenshade, 142–143. (Return to text.)


3. Named for General Lachlan McIntosh, who built it in 1778. The modern town of Beaver, Beaver County, is on the approximate site. Swetnam & Smith, 42–43. (Return to text.)


4. About three miles down the Ohio from modern Beaver, Pennsylvania. (Return to text.)

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