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we rose early took the Chief to the publick store & furnished him with Some clothes &c. took an early breckfast with Colo. Hunt and Set out decended to the Mississippi and down that river to St. Louis at which place we arived about 12 oClock. we Suffered the party to fire off their pieces as a Salute to the Town. we were met by all the village and received a harty welcom from it's inhabitants &.  here I found my old acquaintance Majr. W. Christy  who had Settled in this town in a public line as a Tavern Keeper. he furnished us with Store rooms for our baggage and we accepted of the invitation of Mr. Peter Choteau  and 〈par〉 took a room in 〈the〉 his house 〈of Mr. Peter Cadeaus Choteaus〉 we payed a friendly visit to 〈Mes. Choteau and〉 Mr 〈Ogustus〉 August Chotau  and Some of our old friends this evening. as the post had departed from St. Louis Capt Lewis wrote a note to Mr. Hay  in Kahoka to detain the post at that place untill 12 tomorrow which was reather later than his usial time of leaveing it 
Tuesday 23rd Sept. 1806.  a wet disagreeable morning. we Set out after breakfast and procd. on Soon arived at the Mouth of the Missourie entered the Mississippi River and landed at River deboise where we wintered in 1804. here we found a widdow woman who we left here & has a plantation under tollarable good way Since we have been on the Expedition we delayed a Short time and about 12 oClock we arived in Site of St. Louis fired three Rounds as we approached the Town and landed oppocit the center of the Town, the people gathred on the Shore and Huzzared three cheers. we unloaded the canoes and carried the baggage all up to a Store house in Town. drew out the canoes then the party all considerable much rejoiced that we have the Expedition Completed and now we look for boarding in Town and wait for our Settlement and then we entend to return to our native homes to See our parents once more as we have been So long from them.— finis.
1. Ordway says, "the people gathred on the Shore and Huzzared three cheers." (Return to text.)
2. William Christy, born in Pennsylvania, moved to Kentucky as a boy, where he was a neighbor of Clark's family, and served in the campaigns against the Indians north of the Ohio under Generals Arthur St. Clair and Anthony Wayne. He received a license to keep a tavern in St. Louis in 1806. Later he was secretary of the land claims commission (see September 20, 1806), fought Indians again in the War of 1812, and was the first auditor of public accounts of the new state of Missouri. He died in 1837. Houck, 3:49, 60, 113, 146, 266. (Return to text.)
6. The remaining half-page (p. 76 of Codex N) is blank. (Return to text.)
7. The entry ends near the bottom of a page, then follows three blank pages, a table of
"Estimated Distance" (reading back to front) across four pages, another blank page, and a final list of memoranda of two pages (also reading back to front), thus ending Ordway's third and final notebook of his journal of the expedition. The table of distances is similar to another one by Ordway found with his entry of October 10, 1804 (see also Clark's tables at the end of vols. 3 and 8 of this edition). The table reads as follows:
Estimated Distance in Miles from Mandans to Mo. of Missourie of remarkable places from
one to the other.
Estimated Distance in Miles from Mandans to Mo. of Missourie of remarkable places from one to the other.
Ordway filled the final two pages of the notebook (reading backwards) with memoranda on Pacific Coast Indian trade. Due to wear and fading the material is barely legible. The following are words and phrases that are readable:
[Camped?] opposite to the Mouth of Quick Sand River 3rd day of April in the year 1806
A Memorandum of the best Indian trade on the Columbia River & on the Coast the Savages are more numerous about this plan than [illegible] Coast
Tobacco is valued the highest amongst them all one of our party bought a Sea otter Skin for less than half a carrit &c
Blue beads white beads or green beads large fishing hooks for Sturgeon &c &c large whole Buttons large needles &c
Brass rist bands trinkets of any kind large [illegible] of any kind Ear bobs &c
Files large or small Iron or Steel &c
Brass twisted wire [illegible] twegers &c
White linen or blue or red cloth
[Blankets?] Blue cloaths Shirts of any kind
Muskets powder & led Balls &c.
Ther is many kinds of Morchandiz which they know nothing about nor know not the use of & will not buy they have but little to trade of value the Sea otter Scarce Some [Beaver?] and common otter Skins etc. dryed [Elk skins?] Some Seal by giged by them [illegible] Skinning [illegible]
pelate pallow and [illegible] nations west Side of the [Rocky?] Mountains have horses with [illegible] for Sale the goods [which?] they want for them is follows. Small light [illegible] mounted guns powder & balls, brass or copper kittles Small or middling Size knives Beeds blue & white blue is Set the [first?] by all Indians in this [region?] red cloath calicoes &c Squaw axes tommahawks medl. awls Buttens tin cups & pans [illegible] of copper or brass trinkets or Combs Silk linen lace or [twill?] white [illegible] of different kinds Red paint needles Swords or big knives [illegible] of Iron & files of which they make arrow points to Suit themselves &c war axes is in great demand as they purchase a fiew from the Indians on the Missourie. [illegible] wide quality or binding but ribbens & tape is of no account among them but they will trade for anything that they know is of Service to them. I think twezers would be a fine thing as they pluck ther beards and ey brows all out [several words illegible](Return to text.)
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