Elam begged to leave today. He calculated that Sy and his people would be in need of a fresh supply of water.
Elijah and I gave our hearty approval, adding at the same time a request that Sy mount a search to the east beyond their stronghold for the missing Purser and his group.
At this juncture, Magwich stepped forward and volunteered to accompany Elam. They had become fast friends during their latest expedition.
To this we assented after referring the matter to Reuben first, who easily agreed. And then in turn he proposed himself to reconnoiter the area in and around Damascus.
Elijah called a halt to the proceedings at that point, saying we needed to wait a day.