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Dear brother : letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark

Author: William Clark; Jonathan Clark; James J Holmberg; Filson Historical Society.
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, ©2002.
Series: Yale Western Americana series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the course of his career, American explorer William Clark (1770-1838) wrote at least forty-five letters to his older brother Jonathan, including six that were written during the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition. This book publishes many of these letters for the first time, revealing important details about the expedition, the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis, the status of Clark's slave York (the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: William Clark; Meriwether Lewis; York; William Clark; Meriwether Lewis; York; William Clark; Jonathan (Forschungsreisender) Clark
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Clark; Jonathan Clark; James J Holmberg; Filson Historical Society.
ISBN: 0300090102 9780300090109 0300101066 9780300101065
OCLC Number: 48494073
Notes: "Published in association with the Filson Historical Society."
Description: xxx, 322 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: "The Sport of Fortune": prologue to Exploration, 1792-1802 --
"What We Are About": the Expedition Years, 1803-1807 --
"I Wish You to See & Know All": life in St. Louis, 1808-1809 --
"What Will Be the Consequence?": a Good Friend Lost, 1809-1810 --
"We Are Striving to Get Along as well as We Can": Territorial Leader and Entrepreneur, 1810-1811 --
Appendix "You Shall Hear from Me Often": Letters to Fanny Clark O'Fallon, Edmund Clark, and John H. Clark, 1795-1811.
Series Title: Yale Western Americana series.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by James J. Holmberg ; foreword by James P. Ronda.
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Over the course of his career, American explorer William Clark (1770-1838) wrote at least forty-five letters to his older brother Jonathan, including six that were written during the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition. This book publishes many of these letters for the first time, revealing important details about the expedition, the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis, the status of Clark's slave York (the first African American known to have crossed the continent from coast to coast), and other matters of historical significance. There are letters concerning the establishment of the Corps of Discovery's first winter camp in December 1803, preparations for setting out into the country west of Fort Mandan in 1805, and Clark's 1807 fossil dig at Big Bone Lick, Kentucky. There are also letters about Lewis's disturbed final days that shed light on whether he committed suicide or was murdered. Still other letters chronicle the fate of York after the expedition; we learn the details of Clark and York's falling out and subsequent alienation. Together the letters and the introductions and annotations by James J. Holmberg provide valuable insights into the lives of Lewis and Clark and the world of Jeffersonian America.

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