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June 17, 1806
We proceeded down hungry creek about seven miles passing it twice... Here was winter with all its rigors. The air was cold, my hands and feet were benumbed... If we proceeded and should get bewildered in these mountains the certainty was that we should lose all our horses and consequently our baggage... and thus eminently risk the loss of the discoveries which we had already made if we should be so fortunate as to escape with life... under these circumstances we conceived it madness in this stage of the expedition to proceed without a guide... The party were a good deal dejected though not as much so as I had apprehended they would have been.
--Meriwether Lewis.

 

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