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July 17th Tuesday, we concluded to 〈Stay〉 lay by to day to fix the Longitude, and get the Cronometer right, (She run down Day before yesterday), Several men out hunting to day Capt. Lewis rode out to Neesh-nah-ba-to na Creek  which passes thro. the Prarie (on which there is Some few trees) within [blank] Mile of the Missoureis, wind from the S E. Several of the party have tumers of different Kinds Some of which is verry troublesom and dificuilty to cure. I took a meridian altitude (43° 27°) which made the Lattitude of this place 40° 27' 6" 4/10 North.— (The Ball Hills 〈run〉 bear N 25° W for 30 mes. The bend on L. S. passing the Isd. on the right Side is N. 28° W. 4 ms.) Took equal altitudes
obsd. moon an Spica Star West
Altd. 69° 36" 00"
Tried a part of the comn pt. [common point?] of the Current in 40 Seconds the water run 50 fathem 30" & 20" in places
Cap Lewers returned, Saw Some hand Som Countrey, the Creek near the high land is rapid and nearly as muddy as the river, & rising Gutrich [Goodrich] caught two verry fat Cat fish G Drewyer Kill'ed 3 Deer, & R Fields one, a puff of wind brought Swarms of Misquitors, which disapeared in two hours, blown off by a Continuation of the Same brees.
Bald Pated Prarie July 17th, Tuesday 1804 We Concluded lay by at this place to day to fix the Lattitude & Longitude of this place to Correct the cromometer run down Sunday) Several men out by day light hunting Capt. Lewis Concld. to ride out to Neesh-nah-ba-to-na Creek which passes under the ball hills near this place and at one place a little above this Camp is within 300 〈miles〉 yards of the Missouris on this Creek grows Some few trees of oake walnut & mulberry. I took Meridian altitude of L. L. (43° 27') which made the Lattitude 40° 27' 5"4/10 North— wind from the South E. Several of the party much aflicted with tumers of different Kinds, Som of which is verry troublesom and dificuelt to cure. Capt. Louis returned in the evening. he Saw Som hand Some Countrey & Says that the aforesaid Creek is rapid muddey and running— [NB: running] This Creek which is at 10 or 12 [NB: where he saw it] from its mouth, within 300 yds of the river [NB: Missi] is at least 16 foot Lower than the river— The high Lands from our Camp in this Bald Pated Prarie bears N 25° W. up the R.
Altitude 69° 36° 00°
Took Suns Azmath with Comps & Sextant & Time
Observed the moon & Spica Star West
The Common Current taken with a Log runs 50 fathen in 40"— Some places much Swifter in 30" and even 20 Seconds of time— five Deer killed to day
Observed Equal Altitudes of the with Sextant.
Altd. by Sextant at the time of observtn. 69° 36° —°
Observed Meridian Alt. of 's L. L. with Octant by back observation 43° 27° —"
Latitude deduced from this observtn. 40° 27' 6.4"
From Equal Altitudes of 's center found that 's Center was truly on the Meridian
Observed time and distance of and Spica West.
Observed Altitude of pole Star with Sextant 81° 9' 15"
Tuesday July 17th 1804. a pleasant warm day. we delay at this place for to hunt & take observations &-C— Several men out hunting eairly this morning—through the aforesaid Ball pated prarie. Capt Lewis Rhode out hunting also, the hunters killed 4 Deer to day Lat. 40 29' 54" North—
Tuesday July 17th 1804 Lay by all this day for to kill Som fresh meat Capt Lewis &Go. Druger went out Hunting Drugher Killed 3 Deer the Land is prarie Land the Blufs puts in about 2 miles from the River and all prarie Land betwen which Runs up and Down for Som distance 〈to〉 from 20 to 30 miles
Tuesday 17th. We remained here all day; and one of our hunters  killed three deer.
Tuesday July 17th This day being fine and clear, we staid at the Mahaw priari, at a place called the Bald pated hills, Captains Lewis & Clark both took Observations, and found it to lay in Latitude 40° 29" 54 North, one of our hunters (George Drewer) who had went out hunting this morning, returned in the Evening, having killed 3 deer which he brought in with him.—
1. The Nishnabotna River now enters the Missouri in this vicinity, roughly opposite Peru, Nebraska, following part of the 1804 bed of the Missouri; then, as Clark notes, it ran parallel to the larger stream in western Atchison County, Missouri, mouthing near the Atchison-Holt county line. MRC maps 20, 21; MRR map 58. (Return to text.)
2. Lewis's observation from Codex O. (Return to text.)
3. Drouillard. (Return to text.)
4. Apparently written over the word Thursday. (Return to text.)
5. Another variant of Drouillard's name. (Return to text.)
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