we Set out very early this morning and proceeded on very well with wind moderately a head at [blank] P M we met a Mr. Alexander La fass and three french men from St. Louis in a Small perogue on his way to the River Platt to trade with the Pania Luup or Wolf Indians.  this man was extreemly friendly to us he offered us any thing he had, we axcepted of a bottle of whisky only which we gave to our party, Mr. la frost informed us that Genl. Wilkinson and all the troops had decended the Mississippi and Mr. Pike and young Mr. Wilkinson had Set out on an expedition up the Arkansaw river or in that direction  after a delay of half an hour we proceedd on about 3 miles and met a large perogue and 7 Men from St. Louis bound to the Mahars for the purpose of trade, this perogue was in Charge of a Mt. La Craw,  we made Some fiew enquiries of this man and again proceeded on through a very bad part of the river Crouded with Snags & Sawyers and incamped on a Sand bar about 4 miles above the grand Nemahar.  we find the river in this timbered Country narrow and more moveing Sands and a much greater quantity of Sawyers or Snags than above. Great caution and much attention is required to Stear Clear of all those dificuelties in this low State of the water. we made 65 Miles to day. we Saw Deer rackoons and turkies on the Shores to day one of the men killed a racoon  which the indians very much admired.
Wednesday 10th Sept. 1806. a fair morning. we Set out as usal, & procd. on verry well one of the hunters killed a rackoon Saw a number of Turkeys about 3 P. M. we met four frenchmen  with a canoe loaded with goods going up trading. they gave us a dram we then procd. on untill evening and Camped on an Island.
Wednesday 10th. We had a pleasant morning, embarked early and went on very well. At 4 o'clock P. M. we met a periogue with four men, going to trade with the Loups or Wolf Indians,  who live up the river Platte. We remained with these men about an hour, got some whiskey from them, and then continued our voyage. In a short time, we met another periogue and seven men,  going to trade with the Mahas,  who live on the Missouri. We staid some time with these men, then proceeded and at night encamped on a willow island.