LEWIS, MERIWETHER, et al.
Documents Accompanying a Bill Making Compensation to Messieurs Lewis and Clarke, and their Companions, presented the 23d January, 1807. Washington: A. & G. Way, Printers, 1807.
8 pp. Folding letterpress table: "A Roll of the men who accompanied captains Lewis and Clarke on their late tour to the Pacific ocean, through the interior of the continent of North America, shewing their rank, with some remarks on their respective merits and services." 8vo (228 x 140 mm). Uncut folded half-sheet with table tipped-in, 3 stab-holes, unopened. Custom chemise and green quarter morocco folding case. Very fine condition.
FIRST EDITION, THE FIRST PRINTED ROSTER OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION. Rare and beautiful pamphlet including a roll of the 29 members of the corps of discovery with Lewis's remarks as to their relative merits and what they deserve. Distinguished are Joseph and Reuben Field ("two of the most active and enterprising young men who accompanied us. It was their peculiar fate to have been engaged in all the most dangerous and difficult scenes of the voyage..."), George Drulyard ("useful from his knowledge of the common language of gesticulation, and his uncommon skill as a hunter and woodsman...") and John Shields ("should it be thought proper to allow him something as an artificer, he has well deserved it...") among others. The text prints letters from Willis Alston, Henry Dearborn and Lewis. This is also the first printed version of the bill that made compensation to Lewis & Clark. Lewis was granted 1500 acres and Clark 1000. Graff 4427; Literature of the Lewis & Clark Expedition 2c.4; Sabin 40823; Shaw & Shoemaker 13884.
Acquisition: purchased from William Reese Company, 2001, $6,800.