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The Writer’s Almanac for May 14, 2017: Nurse

May 14, 2017: on this day: Lewis and Clark depart from St. Louis, MO

It was on this day in 1804 that Captain Meriwether Lewis (books by this author) and Lieutenant William Clark set out from St. Louis, Missouri, on their overland expedition to the Pacific Coast and back. They were very different men. Clark was levelheaded and easy going. Lewis was romantic and ambitious and prone to depression. On the day they set out, William Clark wrote in his journal, “Rained the fore part of the day. … I Set out at 4 o Clock P.M., in the presence of many of the neighboring in habitants, and proceeded on under a jentle brease up the Missourie … a heavy rain this after-noon.” Meriwether Lewis wrote on the same day, “We were now about to penetrate a country at least two thousand miles in width, on which the foot of civilized man had never trodden. I could but esteem this moment of my departure as among the most happy of my life.”