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[Clark]

I visited the Mandans on the 20th & have the canoes taken to the River, ready to Decend to the fort when the River Clears,




[Clark]
Fort Mandan
20th March Wednesday 1805.

I with all the men which could be Speared from the Fort went to 〈Perogues〉 Canoes, there I found a number of Indians the men carried 4 [canoes] to the River about 1 miles thro the Bottom, I visited the Chief of the Mandans in the Course of the Day and Smoked a pipe with himself and Several old men. cloudy wind hard from N.




[Ordway]

Wednesday 20th March 1805. a cloudy cool morning. Capt. Clark and Six men went up to help draw the perogues to the River Missouris. the after part of the day pleasant.













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