Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark

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Yale University Press, Aug 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 354 pages
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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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Holmberg (curator of special collections, Filson Historical Society) presents a fascinating and informative collection of 54 letters William Clark sent to his older brother Jonathan and other ... Read full review

Contents

Life in St Louis 18081809
129
We Are Striving to Get Along
242
Sources Cited
295

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About the author (2003)

William Clark is visiting assistant professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and coeditor of "The Sciences in Enlightened Europe," also published by the University of Chicago Press.

James J. Holmberg is curator of special collections for the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, and editor of Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark. Gary E. Moulton is editor of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He resides in Lincoln, Nebraska.

James P. Ronda, H. G. Barnard Professor of History, emeritus, University of Tulsa, is widely recognized for his extensive scholarship on the Lewis and Clark expedition, including the pathbreaking "Lewis and Clark Among the Indians". He is also a distinguished historian of the early American fur trade", Astoria and Empire". Professor Ronda's recent publications include "The West the Railroads Made".

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