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The dried meat the Expedition has been preparing the last several days is packed in preparation for their departure from present Sheppard's Dell, Oregon. Shields re-bores Clark's rifle.

we made our men exercise themselves in Shooting and regulating their guns.
I provaled an old indian to mark down the Multnomah R down on the sand

Meriwether Lewis

Contract rifle with 1803 Harpers Ferry lock

Rifle works of a replica Harpers Ferry 1803 lock

Rifle provided by the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri.

Last evening Reubin Fields killed a bird of the quail kind it is reather larger than the quail or partridge as they are called in Virginia. it's form is precisely that of our patridge tho' it's plumage differs in every part.

Meriwether Lewis

Male mountain quail, Oreortyx pictus

Life-like painting of a fat, gray bird with maroon and white highlights

Painting by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (artist, 1874-1927)

they had brought with them Wappato, & pashequa roots Chapellel cakes, and a Species of Raspberry for Sale, none of which they disposed of as they asked Such enormous prices for those articles that we were not able to purchase any.

Meriwether Lewis

Cous, Lomatium cous

Low plant with small green leaves and tiny yellow blossoms

Photo from Plants of the Lewis and Clark Trail provided by the Clearwater National Forest.