steep mountains prove hard on our horses

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" 4 miles up the mountain I found a Spring and halted for the rear to come up and let our horses rest & feed, about 2 hours the rear of the party came up much fatiqued & horses more So, Several horses Sliped and roled down Step hills which hurt them verry much The one which Carried my desk 7 Small trunk Turned over & roled down a mountain 40 yards & lodged against a tree, broke the Desk the horse escaped and appeared but little hurt Some others much hurt ... after two hours delay we proceeded on up the Mountain Steep & ruged as usial, more timber near the top, when we arrived at the top .... We could find no water and Concluded to Camp and make use of the Snow ... to cook the remnt. of our Colt and make our Supe, evening verry Cold and Cloudy. Two of our horses gave out, pore and too much hurt to proceed on and left in the rear_..."

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