Murder or Suicide?

A map showing Lewis and Clarks route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean by NW Limited...History in Vogue includes the postage stamps and first day of issue postmarks issued in commemoration of the bicentennial of the Corps. of Discoverys expedition of 1804, 5, and 6.  $85

A map showing Lewis and Clark's route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean by NW Limited...History in Vogue includes the postage stamps and first day of issue postmarks issued in commemoration of the bicentennial of the Corps. of Discovery's expedition of 1804, 5, and 6. $85

Planning a news conference today, July 8, 2009, Meriwether Lewis’ descendants (save one), numbering nearly 200, have also set up awebsite to try and further the cause for exhumation of the famous explorer’s remains. The purpose being merely to determine more accurately the manner of his death.
Governor Lewis is buried on the Natchez Trace Parkway which is federally-protected land.
Arguments of murder vs. suicide have been raging in certain circles since the first exhumation of his remains.
On October 11, 1809, Lewis was found deceased at age 35, in a small inn named Grinder’s Stand in the Tennessee mountains.
While the park service would rather keep the body in its sanctified resting place, the family would like scientific evidence to lay to rest the arguments at long last, and then to give the intrepid Lewis a proper Christian burial.

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This day in history: Lewis & Clark

205 years ago today; August 31, 1803, at 11 a.m. local time, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (Lewis and Clark) left Pittsburgh. Their destination was the Pacific Ocean.
On November 20, 1805, they achieved that goal.

A significant day in history, and worthy of a tribute like this one by NW Limited…History in VogueTM:

Lewis & Clark framed historic map with USPS Stamps and first-day-issue postmarks commemorating the Corps of Discoverys journey $275 (click the image for ordering info)

Lewis & Clark framed historic map with USPS Stamps and first-day-issue postmarks commemorating the Corps of Discovery's journey $275 (click the image for ordering info)

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Remembering Lewis and Clark 205 years later Brittanica Blog article

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Autographs for sale

Have a spare $100,000 lying around?
If so, you could be the owner of a unique, historic document from 1809, signed by both Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, best known for their expedition to the Pacific in 1804-1806.
The document, a land sale by Lewis, was witnessed by Clark, and is rare for the simple fact that it does bear both signatures on the same sheet of paper. It comes from the collection of Dr. Robert Small of New York.
An interesting observation is that the sale and signing was just a few weeks prior to Lewis’ death on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.
So get your numbers, and break out those checkbooks; the document is anticipated to sell for $80,000 to $120,000.  Tomorrow, April 3rd is the auction date!

On the other hand, a NW Limited…History in VogueTM Lewis and Clark States, Indian Nations or Black map complete with the signature of William Brooks III, their creator, is easily acquired for $250.00!
Here’s what one lucky owner had to say when they received their Lewis & Clark “Indian Nations” map:

“I am just FLOORED!!!!!!! I received the package you sent out to me this morning and I am truly humbled!!!! What a GORGEOUS piece of history!!!!!! Man….I am pretty much speechless……hubby was with me when I opened it and he just sat there staring at it. Then I told him all about it and he was amazed that you did up this intricate piece!!!  How did I deserve such an awesome piece of artwork like this???? OMG!!!!
It’s so complete!!! You did the frame too, right? It’s even got the mounting rope in the back. It all looks so “time period”!! It will have a place in my livingroom for sure! Time to redecorate and move some wall hangings around.
I feel so humbled to now own a piece of history like this……this is just AMAZING!!!! Thank you 100 times over!!!!!
Thank you for creating such a beautiful piece that we will cherish and display in our home with pride!
I LOVED the box frame it came in. Hubby was looking at it in and out…and was very impressed. He’s like “wow” this and that….”wow”…this and more of that…!!!”

That kind of reaction’s worth a million bucks, right?

Document signed by Lewis & Clark for sale

Lewis and Clark – the journey home

began two hundred and two years ago today on March 23, 1806.
Fort Clatsop was presented to the Indians for which it was named, and the expedition turned homeward.
Excerpts from Lewis and Clark’s respective journals read as follows:

March 23, 1806
Meriwether Lewis
at 1 P.M. we bid a final adieu to Fort Clatsop. we had not proceeded more than a mile before we met Delashelwilt and a party of 20 Chinnooks men and women. this Cheif lea[r]ning that we were in want of a canoe some days past, had brought us one for sale, but being already supplyed, we did not purchase it.

March 23, 1806
William Clark
at this place we had wintered and remained from the 7th of Decr. 1805 to this day and have lived as well as we had any right to expect, and we can say that we were never one day without 3 meals of some kind a day either pore Elk meat or roots, notwithstanding the repeated fall of rain which has fallen almost constantly since we passed the long narrows … indeed w[e] have had only [blank space in MS.] days fair weather since that time.”

Their journey had begun on May 14, 1804, and would end September 23, 1806 in St. Louis.
The Corps of Discovery was successful and history forever changed when the information they gathered, the territories they explored and mapped were reported upon their return.
Two hundred years later, the USPS would issue commemorative stamps to celebrate the bicentennial, as well as multiple first-day-of-issue postmarks.
These are featured here on the matting around a map of the expedition overlaid with the outline of present-day states, giving you a unique perspective at the magnitude of this heroic feat:

Lewis and Clark States Map by NW Limited…History in VogueTM $ $25000

Today, when you set out to scurry about the backyard looking for what the Easter bunny left behind…don’t forget those who forged a path in a new frontier, for the greater good.

All three Lewis & Clark maps by NW Limited.
(States, Black Map and Indian Nations)  Sweet dreams are made of this.

The Lewis & Clark Maps (you can purchase these directly from Bill by calling 503-338-6056 or email
Lewis & Clark at PBS

The Tao of Wow…

Wow is a word that crosses language barriers; there is no mistaking what it means.
For those that aren’t so sure:

wow 1 (wou) Informal
Used to express wonder, amazement, or great pleasure.
An outstanding success.
tr.v. wowed, wow·ing, wows
To have a strong, usually pleasurable effect on: a performance that wowed the audience.

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