Historic Diaries: Floyd 1804
August 7, 1804
The captains had concluded that Reed must have deserted and sent the four others with orders to retrieve him dead or alive.
Tuesday August 7th
Set out at 6 oclock A. m. prossed on. day Clear, wind from the North west. on the 4th of this month one of ouer men by the name of Moses B. Reed went Back to ouer Camp whare we had Left in the morning, to Git his Knife which he Had Left at the Camp. the Boat went on and He Did not Return that night nor the next day nor Night. [U]pon examining his nap-Sack we found that he had taken his Cloas and all His powder and Bailes, and had hid them out that night and had made that an excuse to Desarte from us with out aney Jest Case. we never minded the Said man utill the 7th. we Sent 4 men after him. we expect he will make for the Ottoe town as it is not mor than 2 days Jorney from whare he Run away from us. Water Good. made 16 miles. Campd on the North Sid at Some Wood Land.