January 2nd Snow last night, 〈rain〉 a mist to day Cap Whitesides  Came to See me & his Son, and some country people, Serjt. Odderway return & bring me Some papers from Capt Lewis, who is [in] Kohokia on business of importance to the enterprise, the party verry merry this evening. Mr. Whitesides says a no. of young men in his neghborhood wishes to accompany Capt. Lewis & myself on the Expdts Cap L. allso sent me a Letter from Capt. Amos Stoddard  which mentions his aptnt. to the Comd. of upper Louisiane, & to take possession of St Louis &c.