Clark writes his brother Jonathan from Lexington, Kentucky, while traveling eastward to Fincastle, Virginia, that he has learned of the certainty of the death of Lewis. He has written Judge [John] Overton in Nashville for more information and the whereabouts of Lewis's papers. Wishes he could talk to Jonathan about this.
Clark writes his brother Jonathan that evening from John Shannon's tavern east of Shelbyville, Kentucky, concerning the distressing news read earlier that day while in Shelbyville about the reported death by suicide of Meriwether Lewis in Tennessee. He states that he fears the report might be true.