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CHAPTER III. THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE. THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION
IN 1803-6. After escaping in 1782 from a British frigate on which
he was compelled to serve against his native land, John Ledyard
interested the famous Robt. Morris in a project to trade on the N.
W. Coast, but the ruin of Morris' fortunes spoiled the plan, and in
February, 1786, Ledyard was in Paris, trying to interest French
capital in the North West Coast fur trade, but failing to succeed,
his adventurous spirit led him to accept a proposition made him by
Thos. Jefferson, then our minister at Paris, which is stated in
Jefferson's own words as follows: "I then proposed to him to go by
land to Kamtchatka, cross in some of the Russian vessels to Nootka
Sd., fall down into the latitude of the Mo., and penerate to and
through the "U. S." (Coues' Ed. of Lewis and Clark, Intro, pp.
XVIII. and XIX. See also Biography of Ledyard by Jared Sparks, pp.
233-372. Also Greenhow, 1845 Ed. pp. 162-63). Jefferson, through
the famous Baron de Grimm, obtained the consent of the Empress
Catharine of Russia and Ledyard had proceeded as far as Irkutsk, in
Siberia, where, on the night of the 28th of February, 1788, he was
arrested by order of the Empress (probably at the instigation of
the Russian American Co., who wished to keep all the details of
their operations secret), and conveyed night and day in a closed
carriage to the border of Poland, and there released with strict
orders not to again set foot on Russian territory. In 1792,
Jefferson (then Secretary of State) arranged with Captain
Merriwether Lewis to attempt to cross the continent, with Michaux
the famous French botanist as his only companion, and they had
proceeded as far as Kentucky, when Michaux was unexpectedly
recalled by the French government, and so the tra...
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