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They dresse their skinnes very soft and souple with the haire on. In cold weather or Winter they weare the furre side inward: and in Summer outward. Other apparell they have none but the said skinnes.... Their houses are tents made of Scale skins, pitched up with 4 Firre quarters foure square meeting at the top, and the skins sewed together with sinewes, and laid thereupon: they are so pitched up, that the entrance into them is alwayes South or against the Sunne. They have other sorts of houses ..
70°05' N. Long. 98°23' W. Having wintered in 1846-7 at Beechey Island, in lat. 74°43'28" N, long. 90°39'15" W. after having ascended Wellington Channel to Lat. 77°, and returned by the west side of Cornwallis Island. Sir John Franklin commanding the expedition. All well. Party consisting of 2 officers and 6 men left the ships on Monday 24th May 1847. Gm. Gore, Lieut. Chas. F. Des Voeux, mate. (Neatby, 262) The date of wintering is incorrect and should read 1845—1846. This text is comprised almost solely of statements of dates, locations, and proper names.
Consequently, he prepared a letter in which he stated, "I have aboord, of theirs, a man, a woman, and a child, which I am contented to deliver for you.... Moreover you may declare unto them, that if they deliver you not, I will not leave a man alive in their country" (Best, 70). He also left writing materials to be taken to the men. As the days passed there was no response from the lost Englishmen, but the Inuit continued to wave and call for negotiations. But for each of the few Inuit who actually came within speaking distance, several 38 more were spied hiding behind rocks.