Dividing the party
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July 1, 1806
From this place I determined to go with a small party by the most direct route to the falls of the Missouri...and myself and six volunteers to ascend Maria's River with a view to explore the country...
The other part of the men are to proceed with Captain Clark to the head of Jefferson's River where we deposited sundry articles and left our canoes... Captain Clark with the remaining ten... will proceed to the three forks of the Missouri.
Here he will build a canoe and descend the Yellowstone River... to the Missouri where should he arrive first he will wait my arrival.