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The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois


My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse


Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross


The Diplomatic Background of the War

Charles Seymour


New travels among the Indians of North America

by Meriwether Lewis

Excerpt:

AMONG THE

INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA;

BEING

A COMPILATION, TAKES PARTLY FBOM THE COMMUNICATIONS ALBEADT
PUBLISHED, OP

CAPTAINS LEWIS'.AOT.CLARK,;.:. ••

TO THE ;•"* '•''.'

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STAGES;

AND
PARTLY FROM OTHER AUTHORS WHO TRAVELLED AMONG

THE VARIOUS TRIBES OF INDIANS.

CONTAINING

A TABLET! OP VEBY PLEASANT ANECDOTES, BEKABKABLT CALCULATED
TO AMUSE AND 1ST ORM THE MIND OE EVEBY CU1UOUS BEADED;

WITH
A DICTIONARY OF THE INDIAN TONGUE.

COMPILED

BY WILLIAM FISHER, ESQR.

PHILADELPHIA!

PUBLISHED BY JAMES SHARAN.
J. Maxwell, printer.

****** 1812.

AN ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF THEIR ADVENTURES, DU

XING THREE YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS. WHICH

WERE CHIEFLY CONFINED TO THE RIVER MISSOURI.— THEN DESCENDED THE COLUMBIA TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. ASCERTAINED WITH ACCURACY THE GEOGRAPHY OF THAT INTERESTING COMMUNICATION ACROSS

THE CONTINENT. LEARNED THE CHARACTER OF THE

COUNTRY, ITS COMMERCE, SOIL, CLIMATE, ANIMAL AND

VEGETABLE PRODUCTIONS. ALSO, THE MANNERS AND

CUSTOMS OF THE DIFFERENT TRIBES OB INDIANS THROUGH WHICH THEY PASSED.

THE FOLLOWING

RECOMMENDATION,

From the President of the tfnitsd States to Congress, explains the nature; ajjd 'qgars aniple, testimony of the value of this ;.t ,,- . ,.o

NOVEL AND" ARDUOUS IJ N D,EJR.T.ASI>T C. .

" THE expedition of Messrs. 'lewis and *'clabke, for exploring the river Missouri, and " the best communication from that to the Pacific* *' Ocean, has had all the success which could be ex** pected. They have traced the Missouri nearly u to its source; descended the Columbia to the Pa'* cific Ocean; ascertained with accuracy the geo" graphy of that interesting communication across " the continent; learned the character of the coun" try, its commerce and inhabitants; and it is but "justice to say, that Messrs. Lewis and Clarke, and " their brave companions, have by this arduous *,* service deserved well of their country."

TH. JEFFERSON.

MESSAGE/

PROM THE PRESIDENT, TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED •STATES.

IN pursuance of a measure proposed to congress by a message of January 18th, one thousand eight hundred grid--three, and sanctioned by their Spp'ixibation for carrying it into execution, captain Meriweihep.Lewis; of the first regiment of infantry, was apjJoirifecT-with a party of men, to explore the rivef;W5s30U*rjC."AtorA its mouth to its source, and, crosfeiiig-tfiehighlarids by the shortest portage, tol seek the best water communication thence to the Pacific ocean; and lieutenant Clarke was appointed second in command. They were to enter into conference with the Indian nations on their route, with a view to the establishment of commerce with them. They entered the Missouri, May four, teenth, one thousand eight hundred and four, and on the first of November took up their winter quarters near the Mandan towns, 1,609 miles above the mouth of the river, in lat. 47° 21' 47'' north, and longitude 99° 24 56" west from Greenwich. On the eighth of April, one thousand eight hundred and five, they proceeded up the river in pursuance of the objects prescribed to them. A letter of the preceding day, April seventh, from Captain Lewis, is herewith communicated. During his stay among the Mandans, he had bee n able to lay down the Missouri, according to courses and distances taken on his passage up it, corrected by frequent X

observations of longitude and latitude; and to add to the actual survey of this portion of the river, a general map of the country between the Mississippi and Pacific, from the thirty-fourth to the fiftyfourth degrees of latitude. These additions are from information collected from Indians with whom he had opportunities of communicating, during his journey and residence with them. Copies of this map are now presented to both houses of congress. With these I communicate also a statistical view, procured and forwarded by him, of the Indian nations inhabiting the territory of Louisiana, and the countries adjacent to its northern and western borders; of their commerce, and of other interesting circumstances respecting them.


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