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Victoria Post Journal August 1846

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1846 August

      Saturday 1st Augt. Very warm weather.  This morning Captain Kellett & the Purser of the Herald came on shore to settle a/cs previous to their departure via Cape Flattery whither the ships are bound.  Our people employed as usual. Week's operations as follows: 167 boards in 12ft. long sawn, 6074 shingles planed, a small part of the roof of # 5 shingled.  About 4 acres of new land ploughed, about 6 tons hay mowed at a distance of 5 miles from here intended for the Fisgard, 10 loads of hay carted home & a portion of new land cleared by the Natives. Goods to the amount of 150 dollars were sold to day, both to the crews of the Herald & the Ft. inmates. John Lemon had wounded Coté's wife this evening by the accidental discharge of his gun, the wound is but slight but nearly proved fatal.  A Bill of Exchange to the amt. of £ 81-7-2 was to day drawn by Mr. Woodward the Purser of the Herald in favor of the Compy for sundries supplied that ship at this place. 

      Sunday 2nd   Heavy rain during last night, fine pleasant weather throught the day, wind blowing strong from the South West.  No remarkable occurrence.  

      Monday 3rd  Fine weather.  Minie & Dupuis began mowing down the fall wheat at the Ft. gate this morning, being the first ripe this season.  Gravelle & Gabriel cutting hay & the others as last week.  About 10 AM one of the surveying ship's boats arrived & made several purchases from the Shop for cash.  Many of the Songes left this morning for their fishing station. 

      Tuesday 4th  Clear & warm weather.  6 hands were reaping wheat with cradles & the others as yesty.  No trade either in furs or provisions. Had the watchman in the afternoon picaling {pickling} the salt provision casks in Depot. 

      Wednesday 5th  Fine weather as yesterday.  Had the wheat reaped Monday bound up into sheaves this morning & in the evening discontinued reaping more wheat at present, it not being sufficiently ripe. 

      Thursday 6th  Fine weather as yesterday & the operations in hand the same.  Nothing traded.  No appearance as yet of any salmon.  The reapers are disposable to morrow for some other occupation. 

      Friday 7th  Weather beautifully clear.  8 hands were to day roofing Store #5 & 4 planing shingles, 3 carting & ploughing & the others as yesterday.  No trade.  This evening the Cadboro entered the harbour from Nisqually.  

      Saturday 8th  Beautiful weather.  We had the Cadboro discharged to day by our Indians.  Week's work as follows: 99 boards 1in 12ft long sawn, about 3 1/2tt shingles planed, part of the roof of Store #5 shingled, about 12 acres of wheat mowed by cradles & part of it carried in, about 3 acres of new land ploughed, several loads of hay carted home from the plains. 

      Sunday 9th  Weather the same & nothing remarkable to enter. 

      Monday 10th  Fine weather still continues.  2 hands were to day craddling wheat & the others employed much the same as last week, except Allard who is making a cart for oxen to cart in the grain.  50bbl. beef, 50bbl salmon, 93pieces 26in grey cotton, 2252lbs Nisqually tallow, 218bus com. salt was to day shipped on board the Cadboro from Depot & all the hayquois from the Post for conveyance to Cola River. Letters & other documents, including 6 Bills of Exchange were given to Captain Scarborough for that place, who is now ready to leave.  

      Tuesday 11th  Fine weather still continues.  Early this morning the Cadboro left this {place} for Cola River.  6 hands craddling wheat as yesterday.  The Indians are now beginning to set the this {sic} plains on fire & our hay was this evening nearly burnt by it.  We are now busy binding & hauling our grain & we are to continue the latter operation throughout the ensuing night, being the best time.  No trade of any importance. 

      Wednesday 12th  Very warm weather.  Almost all hands were to day employed reaping grain.  We began our pease at noon it being now quite ripe. All the wheat cut down last week has been carted in, in course of last night.  The Cadboro is said to be still in the offing, being detained with the mildness of the weather.  The fires now run in all directions between this {place} & Cedar Hill & one of our carters got to the hay in time to save what remained exposed of it in that quarter. Captain Kellett finding no cedars on the hill called by that name, the cedar being about two miles beyond it, called it by the name of "Mount Douglas" which we shall hereafter term it.  

      Thursday 13   Blowing strong from the Westward with clear weather.  3 carts employed carting in hay & every hand we could muster binding wheat, cutting pease & craddling wheat.  We began mowing a field of oats this afternoon.  Little or no trade. 

      Friday 14  Very hazy this morning which cleared up as the day advanced.  About 8 A.M. H.M.S. Cormorant arrived from Nisqually with Dr. Tolmie as passenger:  She brought several bundles shingles & 3 bales of wool from that place, which the most of our men were busy dischg.  No trade of any consequence.  

      Saturday 15th Augt. Clear weather with heat very oppressive.  Early this morning the Cormorant Steamer left for Cape Flattery having the Rosalind in tow.  Dr. Tolmie accompanied Captn Gordon thither.  Week's work as follows: a field of fall wheat, a field of oats & part of a field of spring wheat reaped & partly carted in, 10 loads of hay carted home from a distance of 5 miles, a field of pease nearly cut down with sickles, a cart for the oxen made by Allard & a hay stack made behind the barn intended for the use of the Fisgard.  Wool and shingles from Nisqually discharged by teams from the Cormorant & some hay cut at Clover point.  This evening about 20 salmon were traded for baize being the first this season. 

      Sunday 16th  Beautiful weather with a refreshing breeze from the Westward.  Nothing transpired worth noticing. 

      Monday 17th  Had thick fog this morning, succeeded by a fine & pleasant day.  We had all hands employed here up at 1 A.M. to bind up the grain lying on the field & a considerable portion of it has been bound & carted in during the day.  About 400 pieces cedar bark were received to day, as were also two barrels salmon, which were salted, being the first of the season.  

      Tuesday 18th  Weather fine and pleasant as yesterday.  Men principally employed harvesting.  Several pieces bark & about 70 fresh salmon were traded to day.  We had several loads of pease housed in course of the day.  

      Wednesday 19th  Very warm weather.  All hands employed harvesting as yesterday.  A few salmon were traded to day also from the Songes.  

      Thursday 20th  The weather is now getting very hazy in consequence of the smoke from the fires which the Natives make in all directions.  Our people employed much the same as yesterday.  Some few salmon were traded from the Songes in course of the day.  

      Friday 21  No change in the weather.  All the grain that remained dry on the fields having been carted in about noon the men were set to roofing Store #5 & transporting the ox stable to the barn.  Two barrels salmon were traded to day from the Songes, as were 7 deer from Kawitchins.  

      Saturday 22nd  Overcast, portending rain.  Week's work as follows: all the fall wheat reaped & carted in except a field of 12 acres, the fall oats & pease sown in March were also housed, 1/4 of the roof of Store #5 shingled, the barn roof repaired, a well dug by our Indians in the point of wood about 1 1/2 miles to the rear of this {place} & sundry jobs performed by Minie & Allard repairing & preparing horse harness, ploughs, carts & cart wheels, the shed behind taken down & part of it carried to the barns where it is intended to be erected, 6 sills sqd do., 6 barrels salmon salted, provisions for 4 days were served out to the Fisgard's pinnace crew who at present remain as inmates of the fort. Having received some deer yesty from the Kawitchins we were enabled to serve out two days rations of it to our people.  Mr. Holland still unwell. 

      Sunday 23rd  Overcast & mild weather.  About 10 A.M. the Cormorant Steamer arrived from Cape Flattery where she remained two days in company with the Surveying Ships.  Captain Gordon & Dr. Tolmie landed about noon & had a ride towards Cedar Hill viewing the country.  

      Monday 24th The weather cleared away to day without rain as was expected, which enabled us to get in the grain that is fit for housing.  29 tons coals were to day shipped on board of our the Steamer & we had an officer taking tally of it in being shipped.  All hands employed much the same as last week.  Some leaf tobacco & [sherry] was to day shipped on board the Cormorant for the supply of Ft. Nisqually. 

      Tuesday 25th  Very warm weather.  We had the last of our fall sown wheat carted in this evening.  About 3 P.M. the Cormorant Steamer left this {place} for Nisqually.  Dr. Tolmie & Mr. Holland being passengers on board of her to that place. All the rum remaining in Depot here was shipped on board of her for the use of Her Majesty’s Ship Fisgard.  Letters & other documents relative thereto were transmitted to Nisqually for Mr. Rowe the Purser of the Board of Management.  Allard & 6 men were employed erecting a shed for the oxen at the barn.  Some fresh salmon were received from the Songes in course of the day & salted for winter's stock. 

      Wednesday 26th  Generally overcast with a few drops of rain in the forenoon.  We had 4 ploughs under way to day preparing land for fall wheat.  Allard & party placing the sills of the ox stable, 5 hands shingling Store #5.  As there will be some shingling nails wanting, Minie is to make some more to morrow.  We had all the calves taken out of the park to feed in the swamp behind.  About 6 P.M. H. Majesty’s Surveying Ship Herald arrived from Neah Bay & is to remain here for a few days.  

      Thursday 27th  Weather warm but very hazy.  Some of the officers of the Herald were to day on shore.  2 kegs butter were sold for cash.  Several bushels potatoes were traded from Songes for green baize. 

      Friday 28th  Weather windy & shower[in]g with some thunder and lightning.  Mr. Woodward of the Herald with six hands were cutting some junks of oak behind to day for firewood.  Our own people employed much the same as yesterday.  The last of the New Stores has been completed this evening at least the roofing part of it.  1402 shingling nails were made by Minie from iron hoops, to complete it, the cask of shingling nails taken from Depot not being sufficient.  Some potatoes & salmon were traded to day also from Kawitchins & Songes, principally for baize.  Some cabbages, turnips & carrots were supplied the captain & officers of the Herald this morning. Mr. Woodward & the Master Mr. Hill dined with us on shore. 

      Saturday 29th  Generally overcast, wind light from the Westward.  Week's work as follows: the wallplates & pieces fitted in to the ox shed behind, 1/3 part of the roof of # 5 shingled, 10 cart loads of wheat bound & housed, about 6 acres of new land ploughed, 7 beams, 6 wallplates & 6 sills ox stable sqd & hauled out oxen, the bark roof of the building within the fort & barn repaired, the bales of wool received from Nisqually having been much torn were all repaired, the wheat lying in Depot all turned & the casks pickled, sundry iron works made by Minie both for the farm & buildings.  This afternoon one of our cows has been slaughtered for the use of the Herald. Captain Kellett arrived in the Pandora this evening from the opposite side {of} the Straits. 

      Sunday 30th  Beautiful weather with a cooling breeze from the Westward.  Captain Kellett & several of his officers were to day on shore & had a ride towards Mount Douglas.  

      Monday 31st  No change in the weather. 3 hands were employed to day reaping spring wheat, 3 putting up cross beams in Store #5, 6 squaring rafters & sleepers stable & the rest employed as last week.  We had the Langley & Nisqually fur dusted & aired to day by some of our engaged Indians.  Several of the officers of the Surveying Ships were on shore here all day & dined & supped with us. Some few articles were sold to them for cash.  

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