In Presenting these Volumes To The Public, The Editor Owes Equally To
Himself And To Others, To State The Circumstances Which Have Preceded
The Publication, And To Explain His Own Share In compiling them.
It Was The Original Design Of Captain Lewis To Have Been Himself The
Editor Of His Own Travels, And He Was On His Way Towards Philadelphia
For That Purpose When His Sudden Death Frustrated these Intentions.
After A Considerable And Unavoidable Delay, The Papers Connected with
The Expedition Were Deposited with Another Gentleman, Who, In order To
Render The Lapse Of Time As Little Injurious As Possible, Proceeded
Immediately To Collect And Investigate All The Materials Within His