William Henry Ashley Quotes


23 William Henry Ashley quotes:



"After an unremitting and severe labour of two days, we returned to our old encampment with the loss of some of my horses, and my men excessively fatigued."
"After the departure of the land parties, I embarked with six men on thursday, the 21st april, on board my newly made boat and began the descent of the river."
"As my men could profitably employ themselves on these streams, I moved slowly along, averaging not more than five or six miles per day and sometimes remained two days at the same encampment."
"I had the Big Horn river explored from Wind River mountain to my place of embarkation."
"It appears from this information that the river is not the Multnomah, a southern branch of the Columbia, which I first supposed it to be."
"Many of their lodges remained as perfect as when occupied. They were made of poles two or three inches in diameter, set up in circular form, and covered with cedar bark."
"On my passage thither, I discovered nothing remarkable in the features of the country."
"Several speeches were made by the chiefs during the council, all expressive in the highest degree of their friendly disposition towards our government, and their conduct in every particular manifested the sincerity of their declarations."
"Snow is so common that I have omitted to note its falling at least two days out of Three."
"Some of the valleys afford a species of fine grass, but the uplands produce but little vegetation of any kind except a small growth of wild sage."
"The ascent of the hills (for they do not deserve the name of mountains) was so gradual as to cause but little fatigue in travelling over them."
"The principal or highest part of the mountain having changed its direction to east and west, I ascended it in such manner as to leave its most elevated ranges to the south and travelled north west over a very rough and broken country generally covered with snow."
"The snow continues with high winds we remain at this camp to day in consequence of the weather."
"The Yellowstone river is a beautiful river to navigate."
"These mountains appear to be almost entirely composed of stratas of rock of various colours (mostly red) and are partially covered with a dwarfish growth of pine and cedar, which are the only species of timber to be seen."
"They urged me to take up winter quarters at the forks of the Platt, stating that if I attempted to advance further until spring, I would endanger the lives of my whole party."
"We continued to move forward without loss of time, hoping to be able to reach the wood described by the Indians before all our horses should become exhausted."
"We remained at our encampment of this day until the morning of the 7th, when we descended ten miles lower down and encamped on a spot of ground where several thousand Indians had wintered during the past season."
"We were therefore obliged to unload our boats of their cargoes and pass them empty over the falls by means of long cords which we had provided for such purposes."
"Some of them profess to be well acquainted with all the principal waters of the Columbia, with which they assured me these waters had no connection short of the ocean."



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