March 20, 1805
I visited the Mandans on the 20th & have the canoes taken to the River, ready to Decend to the fort when the River Clears,
20th March Wednesday 1805.
I with all the men which could be Speared from the Fort went to Canoes, there I found a number of Indians the men carried 4 to the River about 11/2 miles thro the Bottom, I visited the Chief of the Mandans in the Course of the Day and Smoked a pipe with himself and Several old men. cloudy wind hard from N.