Snake Expedition, 1825- 1826 365 comfort. The distance from the ocean is 90 miles. No doubt ere many years a colony will be formed on the stream, and I am of opinion it will, with little care, flourish, and settlers, by having a seaport so near them, with industry, might add greatly to their comforts and to their happiness. Thus ends my second trip and I am thankful for the many dangers I have escaped with all my party in safety. Had we not been obliged to kill our horses for food, the success of our expedition would have yielded handsome profits as it is fortunately no loss will be sustained. FINAL EDITORIAL NOTE. We are fortunate in having a statement of the exact returns of this expedition, as made up after the arrival at Ft. Vancou- ver of both Mr. Ogden by way of the Willamette and his furs by way of the Columbia. It is given in a letter written by Dr. John McLoughlin to John McLeod, the original of which is now in the Dominion Archives of Canada at Ottawa, as fol- lows : "Fort Vancouver 8th August, 1826. Enclosed is a copy of the Snake Expedition A/C current; 2740 Large Beaver W't 4285 lbs. 837 small Beaver w't 551 lbs. 114 Large Otter 9 small Otter 3 Misquash 12 Beav'r Coating apparent gain i2,533-i8.
(Sgd) John McLoughlin. "----