Inscription describes scene as, "A solitary adventure amidst the snowdrifts and precipices of the Sierra Nevada (May 14, 1867) drawn from recollection. The horse rescued next day with the kind assistance of my generous friends of Sierra Valley."
Photograph of a landscape drawing. Complete inscription reads, "Winter's station on the lake about 2 miles ahead, the trapper station 3 miles below. (Charles frozen to death within sight of his home)".