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    William Clark Provision Receipts Signed During War of 1812

    William Clark Autograph Receipt Signed "Wm Clark ", one page, 7.75" x 6.5", front and verso, 29 April 1814, St. Louis, MO, in ink. In full, "Provision Return for forty three men under the command of Lt Sullivan for one day commanding and sending the 29th April no men 43 no days 1 no rations 164 ½ The Contractor will issue sixty four days of complete rations agreeable to the above return St Louis 29th April 1814 ", cosigned by " M Sullivan Lt". On verso is penned, "No 24th " and"29th ..." , and in pencil, "48 lb Pork 77 lb Flour 12 qts (m...) ", and math notations. A receipt for Lt. Sullivan to provide men and supplies for one day to William Clark. William Clark, along with Meriwether Lewis, is best known as one of the principal American explorers in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the first American overland expedition to the Pacific Coast and back, leaving from Pittsburg on August 31, 1803, and returning to St. Louis on September 23, 1806. Following this, Clark was appointed brigadier general of the militia and superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Louisiana territory in 1809, governor of the Missouri Territory in 1813, and during the War of 1812 he led military campaigns and established the first post in what is now Wisconsin, returning to his position as superintendent of Indian Affairs until his death in 1838. This signed receipt for provisions, dated 1814, is from the period of his service in the War of 1812, when he was leading and outfitting military campaigns. Evenly toned with a few stray stains on verso, very heavily inked resulting in a few smears, else fine condition.

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