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One| The undersigned ^[[C. F. Hall of Cincinnati O.]] will leave the United States on ^[[the]] last Tuesday of May next (D.V.) on board the good ship "George Henry", S.O. Buddington, Master, the owners of said vessel, Mssrs. Williams & Haven of New London, having generously extended to me conveyance to Northumberland Inlet. My object is to acquire personal knowledge of the language & life of the Exquimeaux, with a view thereafter to visit the Lands of King William, Boothia & Victoria - to endeavor by my personal investigation to determine more satisfactorily the fate of the 105 Companions of Sir John Franklin, now known to ^[[have]] been living on the 25th day of Apr. 1848. During my sojourn in the Arctic Regions, I shall, with a Companion, & a crew of natives, (already engaged by Capt. Buddington ^[[for his Fishing]], endeavor to make a Boat Voyage up an arm of Northumberland Inlet, running Westward, thence, a short portage [[end page]] [[start page]] Two will be made to a lake, said to [[strikethrough]] exist [[/strikethrough]] ^[[be]] by the Natives, within a short distance of said western extremity of said Inlet. Having arrived at said lake, our Voyage will be continued westward to the outlet, which by Esquimaux report, is a navigable river [[strikethrough]] thence [[/strikethrough]] ^[[emptying]] into Fox Channel. On arriving at "Fox Fartherest" Lat. 66° 30 N Long. 75° 26' W - I shall, if found practicable, turn to the Northward, proceeding on the east side of said Channel to the straits of [[strikethrough]] Hecla & [[/strikethrough]] Fury ^[[& Hecla]] - thus uniting the discoveries of Fox in 1613 & Parry's in 1822 -3. On completing said discoveries, I shall cross the strait to Igloolik ^[[Lat.]] 69°-20'-30" N. Long 81°-52'-46" W establishing friendly relations with the Community of Exsquimaux known to congregate at that point. I will there & then decide, [[underlined]] by the circumstances, [[/underlined]] whether to Winter at Igloolik - return to Northumberland Inlet - or proceede southward on the ^[[East]] coast of Melville Peninsula, to Winter Island - or, to push my way directly Westward across the Gulf of Boothia to Victoria Harbor, Boothia Felix.
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