on the 9th of March we were Visited by the Grand Chief of the Minetarres,  to whome we gave a medal & Some Cloths & a flag. Sent a French Man & a Indian with a letter to Mr. Tabboe informing them the Ricarras of the desire the Mandans had to See them &. &.—
a Cloudy Cold and windey morning wind from the North— walked up to See the Party that is makeing Perogues, about 5 miles above this, the wind hard and Cold on my way up I met The [NB: The Borgne] Main Chief of the Manitarres with four Indians [NB: see note of 9 March after] on Thier way to [NB: 10th March 1805] See us, I requested him to proceed on to the fort where he would find Capt. Lewis I should be there my Self in corse of a fiew hours, Sent the interpeter back with him and proceeded on my Self to the Canoes found them nearly finished, the timber verry bad,  after visiting all the perogues where I found a number of Indans I wind to the upper mandan Village & Smoked a pipe the greatest mark of friendship and attention with the Chief and returned on my return found the Manitarree Chief about Setting out on his return to his village, having recieved of Captain M. Lewis a medel Gorget  armbans, a Flag Shirt, Scarlet &c. &c. &c. for which he was much pleased Those Things were given in place of Sundery articles Sent to him which he Sais he did not receive 2 guns were fired for this Great man
Saturday 9th March 1805. the wind high from the N. W. cold. Capt. Clark went up to the perogue party for to See the perogues. a nomber of the Savages called the Big Belleys, chiefs came to the Fort to See the Commanding officers  Capt. Lewis Shewed them the air Gun quadron  & Spy Glass &.C. which they thought was Great Medicines.