Christmas at Fort Clatsop

December 25, 1805
...we were awoke by the discharge of the fire arms of all our party and a salute, shouts and a song which the whole party joined in under our windows, after which they retired to their rooms ... After breakfast we divided our tobacco... one half of which we gave to the men of the party who used tobacco, and to those who do not use it we make a present of a handkerchief... We would have spent this day, the nativity of Christ, in feasting, had we anything either to raise our spirits or even gratify our appetites. Our dinner consisted of poor elk, so much spoiled that we ate it through mere necessity. Some spoiled pounded fish and a few roots.
--William Clark


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