September 7, 1841

Tuesday, 7th. Traveled about 7 miles; antelope appeared to be plenty.

James John has a little more to say about this day:

On the 7th we traveled 6 miles and encamped at the foot of a mountain near a small brook. Killed one antelope today. This night was cold and windy. There were some Shoshanen [sic] Indians encamped near us. One of them agreed to pilot us to Mary’s river for 6 lbs of powder and 100 balls.

John Bidwell doesn’t mention an Indian guide, but they need one. They haven’t found Mary’s River (the Humboldt) yet and they don’t know what happened to the two scouts that went looking for it.

Pronghorn antelope

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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