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Historic Diaries: Floyd 1804

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  • August 18, 1804
    Satturday augt 18th ouer men Returnd and Brot with them the man and Brot with them the Grand Chief of the ottoes and 2 Loer ones and 6 youers [others ?] of thare nattion....

  • August 17, 1804
    Friday august 17th Continued Hear for ouer men. thay did not Return Last night....

  • August 16, 1804
    Thursday august 16th Capt Lewis and 12 of his men went to the Creek a fishen, Caut 709 fish Differnt Coindes [kinds]....

  • August 15, 1804
    Wendesday august 15th Capt Clark and 10 of his men and my Self went to the Mahas Creek a fishen, and Caut 300 and 17 fish of Difernt Coindes. ouer men has not Returnd yet....

  • August 14, 1804
    Tuesday August 14th Lay by for ouer men How [whom] we had Sent after the Desarter on the 7th. thes Indians has not Live[d] at the town Sence the Smalipoks was so bad abut 4 years ago. thay Burnt thare...

  • August 13, 1804
    Monday august 13th Set out verry erley this morning. prosed on under a Jentel Brees from the South-Est. Sailed. morning Clouday. about 10 o.c. it Cleared up. we arrived at the Mahas [Omaha's] village about 2 oclock P m. Sent...

  • August 12, 1804
    Sunday august 12th 1804 Set out at the usel time. prosed on under a Jentel Brees from North Est. Sailed. day Clear. passed Red Seeder Bluffs on the South Side. made 16 miles. Camped on a Sand bare in the...

  • August 11, 1804
    Satturday august 11th 1804 Set out after a verry hard Storm this morning of wind and Rain continued untill 9 oclock A m. and Cleard up prosed on passed a high Bluff whare the Kinge of the Mahas [Omahas] Died...

  • August 10, 1804
    Friday augt the 10th Set out at errley ouer this morning. prosed on passed a bad Sand bare, which is verry Shallow. made 23 miles. Camped on a sand bare on the N. Side, the Land on the S. S....

  • August 9, 1804
    Thursday augt the 9th Set out at 7 oclock a, m, after the fague [fog] was Gon, which is verry thick in this Cuntrey. Capt Clark and my Self went out on the South side, passed a verry Bad place...

  • August 8, 1804
    Wendesday Augt 8th 1804 Set out this morning at the usele time. day Clear wind from the N. W. prossed on passed the mouth of the Littel Soue River on the N. Side. it is about 80 yards wide. this...

  • August 7, 1804
    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...

  • August 6, 1804
    monday August 6th 1804 we Set out at a erley ouer this morning. prossed on passed a Creek on the N. Side Called Soldiers Creek. it Comes in Back of a Isld near the N. S. About 12 oclock Last...

  • August 5, 1804
    Sunday august 5th Set out erley this morning. Cam 2 miles when a verry hard Storm of wind and Rain from the North Est. it Lasted about 2 ouers and Cleard up. I have Remarked that I have not heard...

  • August 4, 1804
    Satturday august 4th 1804 Set out erly this morning after the Rain was over. it Rained Last night with wind and thunder from the N. W. it Lasted about an ouer. prossed on, the morning Clear. passed a Creek on...

  • August 3, 1804
    Friday august 3dth the Council was held and all partes was agreed. the Captens Give them meney presentes. thes is the ottoe and the Missouries. the Missouries is a verry Small nathion, the ottoes is a verry Large nathion So...

  • August 2, 1804
    Thursday auguste 2d Ouer men hough [who] we had Sent after ouer Horses Returnd With them and Killed one Elke. ouer men Killed 3 Deer. to day the indianes Came whou we had expected. thay fired meney Guns when thay...

  • August 1, 1804
    Wendesday august 1th 1804. Lay by all this day expecting the Indianes every ouer. Sent George Drougher out to Hunt ouer Horses. Sent one man Down the River to whare we eat Diner on the 28th of July to See...

  • July 31, 1804
    Tuesday July 31th 1804 we Lay By for to See the Indianes who we expect Hear to See the Captains. I am verry Sick and Has ben for Somtime but have Recoverd my helth again. the Indianes have not Come...

  • July 30, 1804
    Monday July 30th Set out verry erley this morning, Cam 3 miles. S[t]opt for the man whome we Had Sent with the Indian yesterday. He has not Returnd Yet. Sent 2 men out Hunting. Did not Return Last night. Campt...

  • July 29, 1804
    Sunday July 29th we Set out after we Dspashed the Indian and one of ouer men with him to bring the Rest of his party. the Reasen this man Gives of His being with so small a party is that...

  • July 28, 1804
    Satturday July 28th Set out verry erley this morning. prossed on passed a Creek on the North Side Called Beaver Creek, is about 20 yards wide. the Land is Lo that on the South is Prarie Land. Rain the fore...

  • July 27, 1804
    Friday July 27th Swam ouer Horses over on to the South Side on acount of the travilen is beter. Set out at 12 oclock P. m. prossed on under a Jentell Brees from the South Este. Sailed, made 10 miles....

  • July 26, 1804
    Thursday July 26th ouer men fineshed the oares. nothing worth Relating, except the wind was verry villant from the South Est....

  • July 25, 1804
    Wendesday July 25th Continued Hear as the Capts is not Don there Riting. ouer men Returnd whome we had Sent to the [Indian] town and found non of them at Home, but Seen Some fresh Sine of them....

  • July 24, 1804
    Tuesday July 24th we mad Larg and Long f[l]ags Staff and Histed it up. Histed ouer Collars [colors] in the morning for the Reseptions of Indians, who we expected Hear when the Rain and wind Came So that we wase...

  • July 23, 1804
    Monday July 23d 1804 We Lay By for the porpos of Resting and take Som observations at this place, and to Send for Som Indians. Sent George Drougher and ouer Bowsman wo is aquainted with the nations. nothing worth Relating...

  • July 22, 1804
    Sunday July 22d Set out verry erley this morning, prossed [proceeded] on in hopes to find SomeWood Land near the mouth of this first mentioned River but Could not. we prossed on about 10 miles. at Lenth found Som on...

  • July 21, 1804
    Satturday July 21th 1804 Set out at 4 oclock a m, prossed on ouer Jouney. Rain this morning, wind fair. Sailed passed the mouth of the Grait River Plate on the South Side. it is much more Rappided than the...

  • July 20, 1804
    Set out at 6 oclock. proseded on passed the mouth of a Creek on the South Side Called Crys Creek. it is about 35 yards wide. it Comes in above Clifts oppset a willow Isd. at this Clift thare is...

  • July 19, 1804
    we Set out errly this morning. prosed on passed a Run on the South Side, Has no name. we Called Cherry Run. the Land is High Cliefts and pore whare a Grate nomber of thos Cherres thay Gro, on Low...

  • July 18, 1804
    we Set out at Sun Rise, the day Clear, wind fair. Sailed the Side of the Prarie. Hear we toed for about 5 or 6 miles. the Elke Sine is [v]erry plenty, Deer is not as plenty as it was...

  • July 17, 1804
    Lay by all this day for to kill Som. fresh meat. Capt. Lewis & Go. Druger went out Hunting, Drugher Killed 3 Deer. the Land is prarie Land. the Blufs puts in about 2 miles from the River and all...

  • July 16, 1804
    Monday July 16th we Set out verry early and prossed on the Side of a Prarie. the wind from the South. Sailed ouer Boat. Run on a Sawyer. Sailed all day. made 20 miles. passed Sevrall Isd. Camt on the...

  • July 15, 1804
    Set out at Six oclock, A.m. pased a Creek on the South Side Called Plumb Run. water verry Strong. passed a Creek on the South Side Called Nemahaw Creek. it is about 30 yards wide. the Land is High and...

  • July 14, 1804
    Set out at day Lite, Came one mile and 1/2 Came [when occured] a Dredfulle hard Storme from the South, which Lasted for about one ouer and half, which Cosed us to Jump out and hold hir. She Shipt about...

  • July 13, 1804
    Set out erley in the morning. prosed on our Jorney passed a Creek on the N. Side Called the Big Tarkuo River. it is about 40 yads wide and verry mirey for Horses to Cross. the Land is Low. a...

  • July 12, 1804
    Som Hunters out on the No. Side. those on the South Side not Return Last night. ouer object in Delaying hear is to tak Some observations and rest the men, who are much fategeued. armes and amunition enspected, all in...

  • July 11, 1804
    Set out errley this morning, prosed on passed a Creek on the N. Side Called Tarcio Creek. it Comes in Back of a Isd on the N. Side. Came to about 12 oclock P. m for the porpos of resting...

  • July 10, 1804
    Set out when we Could See about us. when we Came to the place [of yesterday's fire] it was ouer men which had Left us two days ago. much feteged [they] had Lay down and fell asleap. passed a Small...

  • July 9, 1804
    Set out erley this morning, prosed on passed a Small Creek on the South Side Called monter Creek. High Land. Rain to day. Sailed the Gratist part of the day passed a prarie on the South Side whare Seve[r]al French...

  • July 8, 1804
    Sunday July 8th Set out at Sun Rise. Rain Last night with wind from the E. passed some Good Land to day and High. passed a Creek on the N. Side. it Cam in Back of Isla[n]d. it isa Bout...

  • July 7, 1804
    Set out errley, prosed along, passed some Strong water on the South Side, which Compelled us to Draw up by the Cord. Clear morning, verry warm, Strong water. Came 10 miles. Camt on the N. Side...

  • July 6, 1804
    Set out, prossed under a Jentell Brees from the South west. the water wase So [s]trong that we could Hardley Stem it. Came 12 miles. encampt at the mouth of a Creek on the South Side of the River Called...

  • July 5, 1804
    Thursday July 5th 1804 [check this text] Set out errley this morning. Swam ouer Stray Horse a Cross the River to join our other Horses. prossed on for two miles under the Bank of the old Kansas village [that] formaley...

  • July 4, 1804
    Wensday July 4th 1804 Set out verry erley this morning. passed the mouth of a Beyeu leading from a Lake on the N. Side. this Lake is Large and was once the Bead of the River. it reaches Parrelel for...

  • July 3, 1804
    Tuesday July 3d Set out verry erley this morning under a Jentel Breas from the South. found a Stray Horse on the South Side, how Had Ben Lost for Some time. water verry Strong, So Hard that we Could Hardley...

  • July 2, 1804
    Monday July 2d Set out verry early this morning. passed on the Left of the Isd parque &c High butifule Situation. on the South Side the Land indifferent Lands. a Creek Comes in on theN Side called parkques Creek. passed...

  • July 1, 1804
    Sunday July 1th 1804 Set out Clear day. passed Small Creek on the South Side Called Biscuit C. High Land. passed a Creek on the S. Side Called Frog Tree Creek. a Pond on the N S. Called the Same...

  • June 30, 1804
    Saturday June 30th 1804 Set out verry early this morning. Saw a wolf on the Sind Bare [sand bar?]. passed the Littel River platte on the N. Side, it is about 100 yards wide. Clear water. High Land on the...

  • June 29, 1804
    Friday June 29 Set out at Half past 4 oclock P. m. from the Kansas River, proseeded on passed a run on the South Side. at the mouth of Kansas River armes and amunition enspected, all in Good order. encampt...

  • June 28, 1804
    Thursday June 28the Lay By all that Day. the Kansas River is 200 30-1/4 Yards wide at the mouth, the Land is Good on Booth Sides of thes Rivers and well timberd, well waterd...

  • June 27, 1804
    Wensday June 27th Lay By all this day. ouer Hunters Killed 5 Deer....

  • June 26, 1804
    Tuesday June 26th we set out early. proceeded on passed a Island on the South Side. back of this Island a large Creek coms in call'd Blue Water Creek (River Le Bléue). The Hills or High lands on the River...

  • June 25, 1804
    Monday June 25th we Set out at 8 oclock after the Fogue was Gon. pass a Coal Mine on the South Side above a Small Island, a Small Creek below which takes its name from the bank of Coal, and...

  • June 24, 1804
    Sunday June 24th 1804 Set out at 5 oclock A. m. wind from the N. E., Sailed. Day Clear. passed a Creek on the South Side Called Hay Creek, it is about 40 yards wide. Clear water, Land High and...

  • June 23, 1804
    Saturday June 23d a Small Brese from the N. W. Set out at 5. oclock. day Clouday. Came 3 miles. Landed on acount of the wind from the N. W. armes and amunition enspcted; all in Good order. Capt Clark...

  • June 22, 1804
    Friday June 22 Set out at 7 oclock after a verry hard Storm. thunder and Rain, wind from the West. proceeded on under a gentle Breeze from the N. W. passd a Creek on the South Side Calleded the Littel...

  • June 21, 1804
    Thursday June 21th Set out at 7 oclock. Clear day. past 2 Creeks on the South Side Callede Deubau [Du Beau, or Eau Beau] Creeks. thay com in opset the middel of Isd. the water at this Isd is verry...

  • June 20, 1804
    Wensday June 20th 1804 Set out. Clouday day, Rain. Strong water. past Several Isds. Came 12 miles. ouer Hunters Did not Return Last night. encamped on an Isd in the middel of the River....

  • June 19, 1804
    Tusday June 19th Set out at 8 oclock, day Clouday, wind from the Est. Sailed past a Creek on the South Side Calleded tabor Creek. it is about 40 yards wide and Clear water, beLow High Hills. Good Land well...

  • June 18, 1804
    Monday June 18th Clouday with Rain and thunder and wind from the Est. the Land at this Bottom is Good Land. the timber is Cotten wood. ouer hunters Killed one Bar, 5 Deer. nothing worth Relating...

  • June 17, 1804
    Sunday June 17th we Renued our Journey much fetegeued of yesterdays work. Came one mil. encamped for the purpos of maken ores for ouer Boat and make a rope for the purpos of towen [towing] on the North Side of...

  • June 16, 1804
    Saurday June 16th we Set out at 8 oclock. day Clouday with rain. nothing Remarkeble to Day. water verry Srong. past one place whare the water Roles over the Sand with grait fall and verry Dangeris for Boats to pass....

  • June 15, 1804
    Friday June 15th we Set out at 5 oclock after much Feteaged [fatigued] of yesterdays worke. passed a Creek on the South Side Calleded Indian Creek. it is about 15 yards wide. Good Level Land. ouer hunters Killed 4 Bars...

  • June 14, 1804
    Thursday June 14th 1804 we Set out at the usuel ouer and proseded on our Jorney, day Clear, water Strong. Came 3 miles. met 2 Conoes with 3 French men and one Negro from the Poncye [Ponca] Nations. they have...

  • June 13, 1804
    Wensday June 13th 1804 Set out at 6 oclock and Came 1-1/2 miles. past a Creek on the N. Side Calleded River missorea. Just above the Creek a Large Praria of Good Land on the N Side. at this Praria...

  • June 12, 1804
    Tuesday June 12 1804 we Set out at the Usial ouer, the day Clear, wind from the west. Came 4 miles. past a Creek on the S. Side Called Plumb Creek, a bout 20 yads wide. the timber in this...

  • June 11, 1804
    Monday, June 11th 1804 Day Clear, wind from the N. West. Lay By all Day on account of the wind. the Latter part of the day Clouday. ouer hunters Kiled 2 Bar & 2 Deer...

  • June 10, 1804
    Sunday June 10th 1804 we imbarked at the yousel ouer [usual hour] and proseded on our Jorney. 5 miles past a Creek Called Deer Lick Creek on the N Side. 10 yads wide. the Land High. Delayed 1 1/2 ouers....

  • June 9, 1804
    Saturday June 9th 1804 Set out after a verry hard Rain Last night, the morning Clear, wind from the Est. Came 5 miles past the Praria of arrows on the South Side, half m. past the mouth of arrow Creek...

  • June 8, 1804
    Friday June 8th Set out erley this morning, the day Clear. wind from the west. Came 5 miles. past 2 Canoes Lasht to Gather Loaded with Bever Skins, otter Skins, from the Littel River. men [say] thay ar 30 day...

  • June 7, 1804
    Thursday 7th June 1804 Set out 5 oclock. Came 2 miles. past Som [s]pringe Comes out of Clifts. 2 miles past a Creerk on the N Side Called the River of the Big Devil, one mile past a rock on...

  • June 6, 1804
    Wensday June 6th 1804 Set out 6 oclock, after ouer mast mended. 4 miles past a Creek on the N Side Called Rock Creek on the Loer Side Blow Cliftes. 3 miles past Sallin Creek on the South Side. Cliftes...

  • June 5, 1804
    Tusday June 5th fair day. pased Lead Creek on South Side of the River. Littel Good woman Creek on the N. Side. Came 9 miles past the Creek of the Big Rock 15 yads wide. at a 11 oClock we...

  • June 4, 1804
    monday June 4th Set out. Clear morning. 2 miles By, ouer Stersman Let the Boat Run under a lim and Broke our mast Off. 3 miles past a Creek on the South Side, Called mast creek, a[s] Butifull a...

  • June 3, 1804
    Sunday June 3d 1804 Set out at 4 oclock Pm. the for part [fore part] of the day Clear, the Latter part Clouday with thunder and Rain. wind from Est. Capt Lewis and G. Drureay went hunting, Kild one...

  • June 2, 1804
    Saterday June 2d 1804 Lay By all this day for observations. 4 men went out hunting, Killed 4 Deer. the day was Clear, wind from the South. the Land is of a Good quallity, High hiles on the S....

  • June 1, 1804
    Friday June 1t 1804 Set out. come one mile past one River on the N Side called Big mudy River, comes in opset the Louer pint of willow Island. the Land is of Good quallity as aney I ever...

  • May 31, 1804
    Thursday may 31th 1804 [The expedition encountered coming downstream...] one perogue Loaded with Bare Skins and Beav[er] and Deer Skins from the osoge [Osage] village, one osoge woman with them. our hunters went out and Kild one Deer. we...

  • May 30, 1804
    Wedsday 30th 1804 Set out 7 ock after a verry hard Rain and thunder. it Rained During the Gratist part of the day with hail. passed one Creek on the South Side Called Rush Creek. the Land is Low...

  • May 29, 1804
    Tuesday may 29th 1804 Rain Last night. Set out at 5 ock Pm. Came 3 miles. p[a]ssed Deer Creek on the S. Side. encamped all Night Jest above on the South Side. on[e] man Lost hunting; French men Left...

  • May 28, 1804
    monday may 28th 1804 rain Last night Severall men went out hunting &c. one of them Killed a Deer...

  • May 27, 1804
    Sunday may 27th 1804 pased ash Creek on the South Side. high Clifts on S Side. arrived at the mouth of the Gasganade River at 5 ock P.m. on the South Side encamped on an Island oppeset the mouth...

  • May 26, 1804
    Saturday may 26th 1804 we Set out at 7 oclock Am. 2 of our men was Sent with the Horses by Land to meat us that night. hard thunder and Rain this morning. passed a creek Called otter Creek....

  • May 25, 1804
    Friday may 25th 1804 Set out and Came 4 miles. passed a Creek Called wood River on the South Side. the Land is Good & handsom, the Soil Rich, & high Banks. encamped at a French village Called St...

  • May 24, 1804
    Thursday may 24th 1804 nothin Remarkble. Nothing ocord [occurred] this day. encamped on South Side...

  • May 23, 1804
    wensday may the 23d 1804 we Set out at 6 oclock Am. plesent day. passed the “wife of Osoge” River three miles and half. we pased the tavern or Cave, a noted place on the South Side of the...

  • May 22, 1804
    Tusday May 22d 1804 Set out after a verry hard Rain and passed Bonnon [Bonhomme] Creek on the South Side of the River. came 15 miles. encamped on the N. side of the river at Cliftes. Some Indianes Came to...

  • May 21, 1804
    monday 21th 1804. Left St Charles at 4 oclk. Pm. Showerey. encamped on the N Side of the River...

  • May 20, 1804
    Sunday may 20th 1804. nothing worth Relating to day....

  • May 19, 1804
    Saturday May 19th 1804 a Rainey day. Capt Lewis Joined us....

  • May 18, 1804
    Friday may 18th 1804. we Lay at St Charles...

  • May 17, 1804
    Thursday may 17th 1804. a fair day but Rainey Night....

  • May 16, 1804
    Wensday may 16th 1804. Set out eriley [early] this morning; plesent. arrived at St Charles at 2 oclock Pm, one Gun Fired [in salute]. a Grait nomber of Friench peaple Came to see the Boat &c. this place is...

  • May 15, 1804
    Tusday may 15th 1804. Rainey mornig. fair wind the Later part of the day. Sailed som and encamped on the N. side. some Land Cleared, the Soil verry Rich....

  • May 14, 1804
    Monday may 14th 1804. Showery day. Capt Clark Set out at 3 oclock P m for the western expidition. the party consisted of 3 Serguntes and 38 working hands which maned the Batteow [batteau] and two Perogues [pirogues]. we...

  • Further Reading
    The original of Floyd's Journal is among the Draper Manuscripts at the Wisconsin Historical Society. It is contained in a weather-beaten blank book, bound in marble boards, now much faded. The writing is upon fifty-three pages, each 5-7/8 X 7-1/2...



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