Clark writes his brother Jonathan from St. Louis that he has just returned from the Fire Prairie where he built a fort [Fort Osage]. He was ill the entire time. Introduces George Shannon who was wounded in a skirmish with the Arikara and consequently lost a leg. Shannon is going to attend school in Lexington [Transylvania University] so he can get educated and make a living. He is a man of fine character. He is on the government payroll and Clark will continue to pay him so he can pay for school and board until the Secretary of War orders payment to stop.