In submitting the following pages the writer disclaims any idea of attempting to write a book. His object is to give, in narrative form, an account of the experiences and observations made by himself and the officers of the expedition sent under his command, by the Hon. Secretary of the Navy, Wm. E. Chandler, to explore Putnam, or Kubuck, Rivers, discovered by the writer, and the country in Arctic Alaska, north of it—a section never before visited by the white man.
The hearty willingness, intelligence, energy and efficiency of the officers and men composing the expedition enabled him to cover a much greater extent of country than was at first contemplated.
A full report of the exploration was submitted to the Hon. Secretary of the Navy on the return of the expedition, some ten years ago. It was highly approved and sent to Congress, accompanied by a strong letter from the Secretary of the Navy, urging its immediate publication, as the data were of special value. Congress ordered the report printed. In some way the papers have mysteriously disappeared.