“an itch I cannot scratch”

While searching for the awaiting ship that will take us back to Saint Lewis, we discovered today that the pecific ocean contains freshwater not salt water. Clark said most other oceans contain salt water, but this one is different, it may be a freshwater ocean-lake. How would we know which is which? While taking water samples with empty liquor bottles to verify this claim, I was attacked and became the recipient of an itch I cannot scratch. I was constipated with pain produced by the perpetration of more than 50 arrows through my skin.

~Ohhh the agony and suffering I must endure in the name of discovery and science. Will I ever recover from this? Where’s the ship? Will I ever be able to survive?

June 2, 1804

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