The Journals of Lewis & Clark: December 4, 1805

by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
December 3, 1805
December 5, 1805

December 4, 1805

December 4th Wednesday 1805

Some little rain all the last night and this morning after day the rain increased and Continued

I despatched Serjt. Pryer & 6 men to the Elk which he had killed yesterday, with directions to Save the meet and take loads to the River below in the next great bend- a Spring tide which rose 2 feet higher than Common flud tides, and high water at 11 oClock to day- wind from the S. E in the after noon hard wind from South- rained all day, moderately the Swells too high for me to proceed down, as I intended, I feel my self Something better and have an appetite to eate Something

Wednesday 4th December 1805

Some rain all the last night, this morning it increased with the wind from the S. E. I Set out Sergiant Pryor and 6 men to the Elk he had killed with directions to Carry the meat to a bay which he informed me was below and as he believed at no great distance from the Elk, and I Should proceed on to that bay as Soon as the wind would lay a little and the tide went out in the evening- the Smoke is exceedingly disagreeable and painfull to my eyes, my appetite has returned and I feel much better of my late complaint- a Spring tide to day rose 2 feet higher than Common flood tides and high water at 11 oClock- Hard wind from the South this evening, rained moderately all day and the waves too high for me to proceed in Safty to the bay as I intended, in Some part of which I expected would be convenient for us to make winter quarters, the reports of seven huntes agreeing that elke were in great abundance about the Bay below. no account of Capt. Lewis. I fear Some accident has taken place in his craft or party