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Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery

Journals: January, 1804

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Meriwether Lewis, William Clark
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Jan 1
Clark: We are officially wintered (snowed in) at the entrance of a small river opposite the mouth of the Missouri, called Wood River. We have formed a party of robust helthy (healthy), hardy young men.
Illinois Missouri Weather Camp DuBois
Jan 13
Letter to Lewis from President Jefferson: I think you should wait to move until spring. Your journey has inspired, and sparked interest to the rest of the people in the U'States. I wish you safety and success.
Thomas Jefferson Camp DuBois
Jan 15
Letter from Clark to William Croghan (brother-in-law to Clark): I think the U'States will take possession of the other side of the Mississippi an the people of Louisiana are anxious to move, but not the Indian people. The Indians in St. Louis are fearful of being divided. Where we are staying is butiful (beautiful) beyond description. We are staying directly parallel to the mouth of the Missouri River. The river is presently carrying large, muddy sheets of ice.
Illinois Missouri Native Americans Camp DuBois
Jan 22
Letter from President Jefferson to Captain Lewis: The reason why I have sent pictures of Mr. Evans is because he is believed to be in search of the Welsh Indians (which are believed to be up the Missouri. N. Orleans was given to the U'States on Dec 20 and the government has established there. You should tell the people (or) Indians that you pass along your trip that their late fathers, the Spaniards have agreed to withdraw all their troops from the water and country of the Mississippi and Missouri, that the U.S. has become their fathers and friends. Tell them that you have been sent to enquire into the nature of the country and the nations inhibiting it-to know at what places and times we must establish stores of goods among them to exchange for their pettries. Make an especially friendly impression on the Sioux if you pass them because of their immense power and because we learn they are very desirous of being on friendly terms with us. The philosophical society has made you a member, just thought you would want to know.
Illinois Missouri Native Americans Louisiana Purchase Camp DuBois
Jan 30
Clark: A cloudy morning. Some snow. At 8 am it was sixteen degrees. At sunset Lewis returned to camp with Mr. J. Hay and Mr. Jo Hays of Kohokia. The hunters killed 5 deer today.
Illinois Missouri Deer Camp DuBois
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This guide last edited 12/17/2005
This guide last revised 10/23/2007
This guide created 10/03/2004