March 23, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

As I cannot go upon a Northwest Passage, then I will find a passage round the actual world where I am.

Connect the Behring Straits and Lancaster Sounds of thought; winter on Melville Island, and make a chart of Banks Land; explore the northward-trending Wellington Inlet, where there is said to be a perpetual open sea, cutting my way through floes of ice.