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Meriwether Lewis
Meriwether Lewis's Original Receipt For His Pay For the Lewis and Clark Expedition An important document in American history, a powerful connection between Lewis and his mission, and a rare autograph of Lewis, whose famed Corps of Discovery opened the American West and set the course for continental expansion An important document in American history, a powerful connection between Lewis and his mission, and a rare autograph of Lewis, whose famed Corps of Discovery opened the American West and set the course for continental expansion
30/01/1807. Documents of any sort signed by Lewis are rare; We can only find eleven signed documents and three letters having appeared at public sale since 1975.The spirit behind the opening of the American West was President Thomas Jefferson. For twenty years he had thought about finding a water route to the Pacific Ocean, and establishing an American presence to the West of the then borders of the United States. That the West was foreign territory didn't bother Jefferson; his initial efforts occurred while Louisiana belonged to Spain. Indeed, he set about preparing for an exploration before the opportunity to purchase the Louisiana Territory even came along. The consummation of the Louisiana acquisition on April 30, 1803 meant that that the explorers Jefferson hoped to send would remain on American soil until they crossed the Rocky Mountains. To head the expedition, Jefferson chose his young secretary, army captain Meriwether Lewis, who resided in the presidential mansion, and at the President’s behest frequently conversed with prominent figures in politics, the arts and other circles.Lewis invited his friend Lt. William Clark to share the leadership of the expedition. Both were familiar with the frontier and with Indians through their military service. In commissioning the exploration, on June 20, 1803, Jefferson wrote to Lewis as “Captain of the first regiment of Infantry of the United States of America,” and said “The Object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river & such principal stream of it as by its course and communication with the waters of the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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