St. Louis in sight!
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September 20, 1806
September 23, 1806
We saw some cows on the bank which was a joyful sight to the party and caused a shout to be raised for joy... Every person... seem to express great pleasure at our return, and acknowledged themselves much astonished in seeing us return. They informed us that we were supposed to have been lost long since, and were entirely given out by every person.
We rose early... descended to the Mississippi and down that river to St.
Louis at which place we arrived about 12 oclock. We suffered the party to
fire off their pieces as a salute to the town. We were met by all the village
and received a hearty welcome from its inhabitants.