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[Clark] 
Wednesday 21st March 1804
 

       I returned to Camp at Wood river down the Missouris from St Charles in a Boat from the Platte river,  [1] Cap Lewis & my self Mr. Chotieu  [2] & Gratiot & went to stop 110 Kickpo  [3] from going to war against the Osarges & [perhaps words missing]    good W[eather?]    river rise




 

1. Probably the Platte River in northwest Missouri, meeting the Missouri River in Platte County, rather than the stream of that name in Nebraska. It is not clear from the passage whether the captains had gone as far as the Platte on this trip, but it seems unlikely, and they probably went no farther than the vicinity of St. Charles. If it was a trading vessel that Clark caught to return to River Dubois, it could have been coming down from either the Nebraska or the Missouri stream. Appleman (LC), 73. (Return to text.)

 

2. This could be either René Auguste or Jean Pierre Chouteau, but perhaps the latter since Lewis was writing of visiting his garden within the next week. Lewis to Jefferson, March 26, 1804, Jackson (LLC), 1:170. On the Chouteaus, see Foley & Rice. (Return to text.)

 

3. By the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition some Kickapoos were moving west from Illinois, across the Mississippi River, to escape advancing European settlement. Some eventually moved as far as northern Mexico, where they still remain; most of the tribe are now located in Kansas and Oklahoma. Gibson; Callender, Pope, & Pope. For the Osages, see May 31, 1804. (Return to text.)












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