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Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark

Clark, William

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ISBN 10: 0300090102 / ISBN 13: 9780300090109
Published by Yale University Press, UK, 2002
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Book Description Over the course of his career, American explorer William Clark (1770-1838) wrote at least 45 letters to his older brother Jonathan, including six that were written during the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition. This volume publishes many of these letters, revealing important details about the expedition, the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis, the status of Clark's slave York (the first African American known to have crossed the continent from coast to coast), and other matters of historical significance. There are letters concerning the establishment of the Corps of Discovery's first winter camp in December 1803, preparations for setting out into the country west of Fort Mandan in 1805, and Clark's 1807 fossil dig at Big Bone Lick, Kentucky. There are also letters about Lewis's disturbed final days that shed light on whether he committed suicide or was murdered. Still other letters chronicle the fate of York after the expedition; we learn the details of Clark and York's falling out and subsequent alienation. Together the letters and the informative introductions and annotations by James J. Holmberg should provide insights into the lives of Lewis and Clark and the world of Jeffersonian America. Bookseller Inventory # 40557

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Title: Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to ...

Publisher: Yale University Press, UK

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Over the course of his career, American explorer William Clark (1770 1838) wrote at least forty-five letters to his older brother Jonathan, including six that were written during the epic Lewis and Clark Expedition. This book publishes many of these letters for the first time, revealing important details about the expedition, the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis, the status of Clark’s slave York (the first African American known to have crossed the continent from coast to coast), and other matters of historical significance.

There are letters concerning the establishment of the Corps of Discovery’s first winter camp in December 1803, preparations for setting out into the country west of Fort Mandan in 1805, and Clark’s 1807 fossil dig at Big Bone Lick, Kentucky. There are also letters about Lewis’s disturbed final days that shed light on whether he committed suicide or was murdered. Still other letters chronicle the fate of York after the expedition; we learn the details of Clark and York’s falling out and subsequent alienation. Together the letters and the richly informative introductions and annotations by James J. Holmberg provide valuable insights into the lives of Lewis and Clark and the world of Jeffersonian America.

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Published in association with The Filson Historical Society; Yale Western Americana series

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