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The day is pleasant and the winter ice continues to break up. Antoine Larocque brings news that Simon McTavish, the head of the North West Company, has died. His company has merged with the XY Company.

Mr. L informs us the N, W. & X Y Companies have joined, & the head of the N W. Co. is Dead    Mr. McTavish of Monteral,—

William Clark

Simon McTavish

Painting of Simon McTavish

Photo from Library and Archives Canada.

the Savages continue to visit us in Order to git their impliments of War made. they bring us in pay corn and beans dryed meat & persimblans &.C.—

John Ordway

Blacksmith goods, parched corn, and elk jerky

Indian war axes, parched corn, and buffalo elk