June 27th, Wednesday a fair warm morning, the river rose a little last night. we determin to delay at this Place three or four Days to make observations & recruit the party Several men out Hunting,  unloaded one Perogue, and turned her up to Dry with a view of repairing her after Completeing a Strong redoubt or brest work frome one river to the other, of logs & Bushes Six feet high, The Countrey about the mouth of this river is verry fine on each Side as well as the North of the Missouries the bottom, in the Point is low, & overflown for 250 yards. it rises a little above high water mark and Continus up that hight of good quallity back to the hills [blank] 〈mile a〉 A high Clift, on the upper Side of the Kansis ½ a mile up
below the Kanses the hills is about 1½ miles from the point on the North Side of the Missouries the Hill or high lands is Several miles back, we compareed the instrmts Took equal altitudes, and the Meridian altituade of the Suns L L to day Lattitude 38° 31' 13" Longitude [blank] Measured The width of the Kansas River by an angle and made it 230 yds ¼ wide, it is wider above the mouth the Missouries at this place is about 500 yards wide, The Course from the Point down the midle. of the Missourie is S. 32° E, & turns to the North. up Do: is N 21° W. & do do—Do. up the right side of the Kansas is S. 54° E, & the river turns to the left, Several Deer Killed to day.
Equal altitudes of the Sun, with Sextant
|Altd. by Sextant at the time of this observt.||
81° 15' 15"
|☉'s magnetic azimuth by Circumfetr.||
S. 81° E.
|Time by Chronometer A. M.||8||22||33|
|Alt of ☉'s U. L. by Sextant||81°||15'||15"|
|Latitude of place of observation||39°||5'||25.7"|
|Variation of the nedle||[blank]|
|Observed Meridian altd. of ☉'s L. L.
with Octant by the back observation
|Latitude deduced from this obsert.||39°||5'||38.5"|
|☉'s magnetic azimuth by Circumferentr.||S. 88° W.|
|Time by Chronometer at p. Obs. P.M.||4||52||33|
|Altd. of ☉'s L. L. by Sextant.||56°||51'||—"|
|☉'s magnetic azimuth by Circumftr.||S. 89° W.|
|Time by Chronometer P.M.||5||2||6|
|Altd of ☉'s L. L. by Sextant||53||10||15|
Observed magnetic azimuth of pole ★ with my Circumferenter, taking time by Chronotr. Time by Chronomtr.— ★'s magt. Azimuth
Wednesday June 27th 1804. all the party out eairly this morning cutting the Timber off a cross the point & made a Hadge a cross of the Timber & bushes to answer as defence & made Room for Capts to take obser. The black pearogue  unloaded & Turned up to mend &C. The Captains were Taking observations &C. peter Crusat killed a Deer, The Kansas River is 230 yds. wide at the mouth & [wider?] further up, a high bank 1 mile up, fine place for a fort &.C.
wensday June 27th 〈Stayed hear〉 Lay By all this day 〈day Clouday〉 ouer Hunters Killed 5 Deer
Wendy 27th halted at the above mentiond River 〈in the〉 Nixt morning 〈Halt〉 Cleard. off the point and formd a temperery brest work or piqct— Least the Savages would Attempt Comeing in the Night the Sd. River de Caugh as the[y] take the tittle from it I was Informd by One of Our Men that traded Up the River that 300 〈hund〉 Warriers lives in One Village Up the River About 50 leagues—  Latd. 38D 31M 13S N this River lies in the head of it lies S.W— Halted—
Wednesday June 27th We halted this day at the above mention'd place and in the morning all hands were employed in clearing the point of said River from Trees. we then form'd a temporary breast work with pickets, in order to defend ourselves against the Indians, fearing that they might make an attack on us in the Night. The Captains were inform'd by one of the Canadians who were with us, and who had traded up that River, that 300 Warriors lives at a Village up the said River, about 50 Leagues; The head of this River lies Southwest, this information we received from the same person, The Captains took an Observation and found the Mouth of said River to lye in Latitude 38° 31' 13 North.—