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( On average the Corps traveled 40 - 80 miles per day)

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1806 Journal Entry Archives   September 1 - 7,  1806

September 1, 1806
(Camped in Yankton County, South Dakota, opposite the party's camp of August 28 - September 1, 1804, called Calumet Bluff, in Cedar County, Nebraska.)

"about two miles below the Quicurre (Niobrara River), 9 Indians ran down the bank and beckened to us to land, they appeared to be a war party, and I took them to be Tetons and paid no attention to them further than an enquirey to what tribe they belonged, they did not give any answer, I prosume they did not understand the man who spoke to them as he spoke but little of their language.  as one canoe was yet behind we landed in an open commnading situtaion out of sight of the indians deturmined to delay untill they came up.  about 15 minuts after we had landed several guns fired by the indians, which we expected was at the three men behind.  I calld out 15 men and ran up with a fill deturmination to cover them if possible let the number of indians be what they might.  Capt. Lewis hobled up on the bank and formed the remained of the party in a situation well calculated to defend themselves and the canoes.  when I had proceeded to the point about 250 yards I discoverd the canoe about 1 mile above the indians where we had left them.  I then walked on the sand beech and the indians came down to meet me I gave them my hand and enquired of them what they were shooting at, they informed me that they were shooting at an old keg.  they inform me they were Yanktons. "

September 2, 1806

"At eight o'clock we passed the river Jacques ( James River), but soon after were compelled to land, in consequnes of the high wind from the northeast, and remain till sunset; after which we went on to a sandbar twenty two miles from our camp of last evening. "

September 3, 1806  (Camped at an undetermined spot in either Union County, South Dakota, or Dakota County, Nebraska, several miles north of Sioux City, Iowa)

"I landed & was met by a Mr. James Airs* from Mackanaw, who has a Licence to trade for one year with the Sieoux ... our first enquirey was after the President of our country and then our friends and the State of the politicks of our country &c. and the State [of] Indian affairs to all of which enquireys Mr. Aires gave us as Satisfactory information as he had it in his power to have collected in the Illinois which was not a great deel. ... this Gentleman informed us of maney changes & misfortunes which had taken place in the Illinois amongst others the loss of Mr Cady Choteaus house and furniture by fire**. ... he also informed us that Genl. Wilkinson was the governor of the Louisiana and at St. Louis. 300 of the american Troops had been contuned on the Missouri a fiew miles above it's mouth, Some disturbance with the Spaniards in the Nackatosh [Natchitoches] Country is the cause of their being called down to that country, the Spaniards had taken one of the U. States frigates in the Mediteranean, Two British Ships of the line had fired on an American Ship in the port of New York, and killed the Capts. brother ***. 2 Indians had been hung in St. Louis for murder and several others in jale****. and that Mr. Burr & Genl. Hambleton fought a Duel, the latter was killed*****."


Mr. James Airs*- James Aird, a trader out of Mackinac and Prarie du Chien, Wisconsin, was employed by Robert Dickson.
by fire**- Jean Pierre Chouteau's house in St. Louis had burned on February 15, 1805
 Capts. brother ***.- The area west of Natchitoches, Louisiana, was disputed between the United States and the Spanish government in Mexico.  The Spanish fired on the US frigate President in the fall of 1804, while the British assaulted the American merchant ship Richard in April 1806, killing one seaman.
jale****- Two Kickapoo Indians were hanged in December 1805.
killed*****- James Wilkinson was governor of Louisiana from 1805 to 1807, and was involved with Aaron Burr in some complicated conspiracies before the latter was killed in a duel with Alexander Hamilton.

September 4, 1806 (Camped in either Woodbury County, Iowa, or Dakota County, Nebraska, at the party's Fish Camp of August 13, 1804)

"as we were in want of some tobacco I purposed to Mr. Airs to furnish us with 4 carrots for which we would Pay the amount to any Merchant of St. Louis he very readily agreed to furnish us with tobacco and gave to each man as much as it is necessary for them to use between this and St. Louis, an instance of Generossity for which every man of the party appears to acknowledge. Mr. Airs also insisted on our accepting a barrel of flour. ... The flower was very acceptable to us we have yet a little flour part of what we carried up from the Illinois as high as Maria's river and buried it there untill our return &c. ...we came too at Floyds Bluff below the Enterance of Floyds river and assended the hill, with Capt. Lewis and Several men, found the grave had been opened by the nativs and left half covered*. we had this grave completely filled up, and returned to the canoes and proceeded on ."

half covered*- The grave of Charles Floyd who died on August 20, 1804

September 5, 1806 (Camped south of Decatur, Nebraska)

"Capt. Lewis still in a convelesent state."

September 6, 1806 (Camped between the Little Sioux and Soldier Rivers, in either Burt of Washington County, Nebraska, or Harrison County, Iowa

"we met a tradeing boat of Mr. Og. Choteaux [Auguste Chouteau] of St. Louis bound to the River Jacque to trade with the Yanktons,  this boat was in care of a Mr. Henry Delorn *, he had exposed all his loading and sent out five of his hands to hunt ... we purchased a gallon of whiskey of this man (promised to pay Choteau who would not receive any pay) and gave to each man of the party a dram which is the first spiritious licquor which had been tasted by any of them since the 4 of July 1805. several of the party exchanged leather for linen Shirts and beaver for corse hats. ... "

Mr. Henry Delorn *- "Delorn" could be any of several St. Louis traders with similar names with connections to Ren'e Auguste Chouteau.

September 7, 1806

"we proceeded on with s Stiff Breeze ahead.  the evaperation on this portion of the Missouri has been noticed as we assended this river, and it now appears to be greater than it was at that time.  I am obliged to replenish my ink stand every day with fresh ink at least 9/10 of which must evaperate.  we came 44 miles to day only."

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