difficulty preparing the leather boat

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Meriwether Lewis - June 21, 1805

" This morning I employed the greater part of the men in transporting a part of the baggage over portage creek to the top of the high plain about three miles in advance of the portage ... I caused the iron frame of the boat...to be taken as a part of the load ...I readily perceive several difficulties in preparing the leather boat which are the want of convenient and proper timber; bark, skins, and above all that of pitch to pay her seams, a deficiency that I really know not how to surmount unless it be by means of Tallow and pounded charcoal which mixture has answered a very good purpose on our wooden canoes heretofor."

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