Meriwether Lewis journal, August 30, 1803 - December 12, 1803; 1810


Date: August 30 - December 12, 1803; 1810 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 226 p.


This item is Lewis' narrative journal of the river trip from Pittsburgh to the winter camp of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, together with meteorological observations. There are also entries by William Clark. Of the 126 leaves in this journal, 31 contain questions by Nicholas Biddle, with William Clark's replies, dated 1810. Includes parts II and III of Nicholas Biddle, "Notes on Indians...", and list of measurements of bones and other natural history specimens, in Lewis' hand. Also contains some sketches and two small maps.

Background note

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were explorers. Nicholas Biddle was requested by William Clark to write a narrative of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which was published in 1814 as "History of the Expedition of Captains Lewis and Clark."

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 226 p.


Deposited by Edward Biddle and Charles J. Biddle, 1915; presented by Charles J. Biddle and accessioned, 1949.

Processing information

Only maps are noted.

General note

This item is also catalogued under Nicholas Biddle, Journal; notes, 1803, 1810 (PAAV86-A91).

General note

Biddle's notes are printed in Donald D. Jackson, ed., Letters of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Urban, Illinois, 1962), 497-546.

General note

Lewis' journal is printed in M. M. Quaife, ed., The Journals of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Sargeant John Ordway, Kept on the Expedition of Western Exploration, 1803-1806, State Historical Society of Wisconsin Collections 22 (1916).

Early American History Note

This collection contains two volumes, both of which have been published elsewhere. The first consists of a travel journal, likely kept by Meriwether Lewis, on his trip from Pittsburgh west to Winter Camp in 1803. The second volume contains a list of questions Nicholas Biddle had for William Clark. These queries include Clark's response.

Indexing Terms


  • Journals (notebooks).
  • Sketches.
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- Discovery and exploration.
  • West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Biddle, Nicholas, 1786-1844
  • Clark, William, 1770-1838
  • Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809


  • Exploration.
  • Indians of North America
  • Louisiana Purchase -- Discovery and exploration.
  • Native America
  • Travel

Detailed Inventory

 Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809.
Form of an island
20 November 18031 map, 20.3 x 12 cm
 Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809.
Form of river islands
21 November 18031 map, 20.3 x 12 cm