Clark writes his brother Jonathan from Washington, D.C., with updates regarding his success in getting possession of expedition records and the steps he is taking to get the expedition history written and published. He still is not inclined to accept the governorship of Upper Louisiana if it is offered. He is in good standing with the President and Secretary of War. He fears he won't be successful regarding brother George's claim [for payment for military expenses] from the government but hopes to get him a pension.
Clark writes his brother Jonathan from Washington, D. C., reporting on activities there and his flattering treatment in wake of the successful return of the expedition. He reports he has discussed the Burr Conspiracy with President Jefferson and expresses his own shock at Burr's attempt at such a scheme and misjudgement of the American people. He concludes by intimating that he might return to Louisville engaged as he has an "object in mind."
Clark follows up his letter of 23 September with a personal letter mentioning that they will be traveling east to Louisville via Vincennes with a delegation of Mandan Indians, with which Meriwether Lewis will continue on to Washington, D. C. They will be detained for a time in St. Louis wrapping up expedition business and discharging the men. Clark specifically requests that Jonathan have his 23 September letter published.
A letter from Helen Bullitt Massie (Richmond, Virginia) to her husband Henry Massie (Washington D. C.), dated September 22nd, 1811. Helen Massie Bullitt writes about Peter, a man enslaved by the Massie family, as well as Agnes, Betsy, and Nancy.