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August 7th Tuesday last night about 8 oClock a Storm of wind from the N. W. which lasted ¾ of an hour mosquitors more troublesom last night than I ever Saw them, Set out late this morning wind N.
last night at 8 oClock a Storm from the N W. lasted ¾ of an hour let out late this morning wind from the North— at 1 oClock dispatched George Drewyer, R. Fields, Wm. Bratten & Wm. Labieche back after the Deserter reid with order if he did not give up Peaceibly to put him to Death  &c. to go to the Ottoes Village & enquire for La Liberty and bring him to the Mahars Village, also with a Speech on the occasion to the Ottoes & Missouries— and directing a few of their Chiefs to come to the Mahars, & we would make a peace between them & the Mahar and Souex, a String of wompom & a Carrot of Tobacco. proceeded on and Camped on the S. S. 
Tuesday 7th last night about 8 oClock a Storm from N. W. of wind and rain which lasted about ¾ of an hour. the Musquetoes verry troublesome last night we set out late this morning. the wind N. we proceeded on round bends & Sand bars &C— til about 12 oClock we then sent G. Drewyer W. Bratton R. Fields & W. Labuche Back to the ottaus village after M. B. Reed who had deserted from us with orders to fetch him Dead or alive, and to look for La Liberty who was lost as we expect with a publick horse. they have orders to bring them all if they can find them to the mahar village where we are to wait their arrival; we Roed on about 18 miles & Camped on the N. S. of the Missouri.
Tuesday August 7th Set out at 6 oclock A. m prossed on day Clear wind from the North west— on the 4th of this month one of ouer men by the name of Moses B. Reed went Back to ouer Camp whare we had Left in the morning, to Git his Knife which he Had Left at the Camp 〈bout〉 the Boat went on and He Did not Return, 〈pore〉 that night nor the Next day nor Night, pon examining his nap-Sack we found that he had taken his 〈Cal〉 Cloas and all His powder and Balles, and had hid them out that night and had made that an excuse to Desarte from us with out aney Jest Case we never minded the Said man utill the 7th we Sent 4 men after him we expect he will make for the ottoe town as it is not mor than 2 days Jorney from whare he Run away from us 〈made 16 miles〉 Water Good made 16 miles Campd. on the 〈South〉 North Sid at Some Wood Land
Tuesday 7th. We set out early this morning and continued our voyage till 12, when four  of our people were dispatched to the Oto nation of Indians after the man who had not returned on the 4th, with orders to take him, dead or alive, if they could see him. There is no timber in this country, except some cotton wood and willows in the bends of the river. All the high land is a continued prairie. We encamped on the north side. The musquetoes here are very numerous and troublesome.
Tusday Augt. 7th the Morning Clear the party Sonsisted of 4 their names first G. Druier, R. fields, Bratton, and William that was Sent after Ms. Read that Deserted in Latd 41 17 00 N. Nothing Else happend. Extraordinary this day.—
Tuesday August 7th This day we remained at same place Captain Lewis sent out 4 Men to find Read who had deserted from us, This place is a Priari, and the land lays level & is very rich; nothing extraordinary happen'd this day.—
2. These must have been clear and specific orders to take Reed dead or alive, made a matter of record so that the responsibility would fall on the captains, not on the men sent out. (Return to text.)
3. This situation, in Harrison County, Iowa, was still present in altered form about 1890 but has since disappeared. Atlas map 14; MRC map 25; MRR maps 69, 70. (Return to text.)
4. Biddle apparently crossed out two lines of this entry in red, covering the words from "reid" to "Death." In his History, Biddle did not mention that the detachment had orders to kill Reed if they could not take him alive. Probably the passage was crossed out because either Clark or Biddle did not care to mention this aspect of the affair. Coues (HLC), 1:69. (Return to text.)
5. Probably in northwest Harrison County, a few miles below the mouth of the Little Sioux River. Atlas map 14; MRC map 25; MRR map 70. (Return to text.)
6. Drouillard, Reubin Field, William Bratton, and Franois Labiche were sent to apprehend Reed. (Return to text.)
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