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17th August 1804. a fine morning Wind from the S. E. I will here annex the Latds & Distances of the Different notable placies from the River Dubois or Mouth up:
The Longitudes are not yet Calculated, We must be at this time about 99° 45' 00" West of Greenwich—  I Collected a grass much resembling wheet with a gran like Rye, much fuller of grain, one like Rye & one like Barley grass Small, a Grass like Timothey except the Seed which is on branches from the main Stalk— 
Late this evening one of the party Sent after the deserters returned & joined us, he left the party 3 miles back, they cought both Deserters, one of them La liberty, got away from them, the Great Chief & 2nd Chief of the ottoes accompaned the Party with a view to bring about a Peice between themselves & the Mahar a great missfortune that the Mahars have not returned from the hunt— Sent & fiered the Prarie near Camp to bring in the Mahars & Souex if any are near. a Cool evening, 2 Beever Cought
a fine Morning the wind from the S. E. I collected a grass much resembling wheat in its grouth the grain like Rye, als[o] Some resembling Rye & Barly. a kind of Timothey, the Seed of which branches from the main Stalk & is more like flax Seed than that of a Timothey—
at 6 oClock this evening Labieche one of the Party Sent to the Ottoes joined, and informed that the Party was behind with one of the Deserters M B. Reed and the 3 principal Chiefs of the Nations— La Liberty they cought but he decived them and got away— the object of those Chiefs comeing forward is to make a peace with the Mahars thro: us—. as the Mahars are not at home this great object cannot be accomplished at this time Set the Praries on fire to bring the Mahars & 〈Missouries〉 Soues if any were near, this being the usial Signal.
a Cool evining two Beaver Cought to day.
Friday 17th of August 1804, a clear morning, the wind from S. E. we are yet waiting here for G. Drewyer & the 3 men who were with him, the men remained in camp reparing the arms & Cloathing &C. Labuche who was one of the Messengers arivd towards evening Informed us that Drewyer & the Zottaus Chiefs was comming near with the Deserter &.C—
Friday august 17th Continued Hear for ouer men thay did not Return Last night
Friday Augt. 17th the weather was fine the men Ocepyed their time in Cam[p] Repairing their Arms, and Cloathing. LueBash returned By himself Lost the Party and came to Camp with measige Santdy 18 
Friday August 17th We remained still at same place, the men were employed repairing their Arms, and Cloathing; La'Beech 〈or〉 our Interpreter in the Evening came by himself to us and informed our Officers, that he had left the Zoto head chief, called the Pettit Wallow,  & 12 of his Chiefs & Warriors with Read, who had deserted from us, 6 Miles from our Camp, and told our Captains, if any of the Mahaw Indians were with us, we should remain still, but if none of them were then among us, to fire off our 〈Cannon〉 Swivel, the Zoto Indians being at Warr with the Mahaws.— 
1. The "Fish Camp" was just north of 42° 21' N., so their calculated position is a little too far south. The longitude, more difficult to calculate to start with, is further off. The camp was near 96° 25' W. MRC map 27; MRR map 75. (Return to text.)
3. From "LueBash" on, the writing appears to be in the hand of No. 3. (Return to text.)
5. Whitehouse seems to imply that the Otos did not wish to meet the Omahas, which is contrary to Clark's implication in his note for this day. (Return to text.)
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