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Lewis's Packing List, of Lewis & Clark
« on: November 21, 2017, 05:39:42 PM »
This is fascinating stuff. I was searching for foods during the 17th and 18th century and stumbled across the list of supplies Lewis & Clark took on their journey, and food consisted mostly of emergency rations of beef jerky and what amounted to soup bullion, much of which was used up early, so they hunted as they went.

What I found interesting, was just how prepared they were to bribe, trade or simply befriend along the way with wampum, better know as trinkets.
Check the list. I bet you'll have to look up a bunch of stuff as I did. :laugh:


Mathematical Instruments

    
1

Hadley's Quadrant

    
1

Mariner's Compas & 2 pole chain

    
1

Sett of plotting instruments

    
3

Thermometers

    
1

Cheap portable Microscope

    
1

Pocket Compass

    
1

brass Scale one foot in length

    
6

Magnetic needles in small straight silver or brass cases opening on the side with hinges.

    
1

Instrument for measuring made of tape with feet & inches mark'd on it,...

    
2

Hydrometers

    
1

Theodolite

    
1

Sett of planespheres

    
2

Artificial Horizons

    
1

Patent log

    
6

papers of Ink powder

    
4

Metal Pens brass or silver

    
1

Set of Small Slates & pencils

    
2

Creyons

        
Sealing wax one bundle

    
1

Miller's edition of Lineus in 2 Vol:

        
Books

        
Maps

        
Charts

        
Blank Vocabularies

        
Writing paper

    
1

Pair large brass money scales with two setts of weights.


Arms & Accoutrements

    
15

Rifle

    
15

Powder Horns & pouches complete

    
15

Pairs of Bullet Moulds

    
15

do. Of Wipers or Gun worms

    
15

Ball Screws

    
24

Pipe Tomahawks

    
24

large knives

        
Extra parts of Locks & tools for repairing arms

    
15

Gun Slings

    
500

best Flints


Ammunition

    
200

Lbs. Best rifle powder

    
400

lbs. Lead


Clothing

    
15

3 pt. Blankets

    
15

Watch Coats with Hoods & belts

    
15

Woolen Overalls

    
15

Rifle Frocks of waterproof Cloth if possible

    
30

Pairs of Socks or half Stockings

    
20

Fatigue Frocks or hinting shirts

    
30

Shirts of Strong linnen

    
30

yds. Common flannel.


Camp Equipage

    
6

Copper kettles (1 of 5 Gallons, 1 of 3, 2 of 2, & 2 of 1)

    
35

falling Axes.

    
4

Drawing Knives, short & strong

    
2

Augers of the patent kind.

    
1

Small permanent Vice

    
1

Hand Vice

    
36

Gimblets assorted

    
24

Files do.

    
12

Chisels do.

    
10

Nails do.

    
2

Steel plate hand saws

    
2

Vials of Phosforus

    
1

do. Of Phosforus made of allum & sugar

    
4

Groce fishing Hooks assorted

    
12

Bunches of Drum Line

    
2

Foot Adzes

    
12

Bunches of Small cord

    
2

Pick Axes

    
3

Coils of rope

    
2

Spades

    
12

Bunches Small fishing line assorted

    
1

lb. Turkey or Oil Stone

    
1

Iron Mill for Grinding Corn

    
20

yds. Oil linnen for wrapping & securing Articles

    
10

yds do. do. Of thicker quality for covering and lining boxes. &c

    
40

yds Do. Do. To form two half faced Tents or Shelters.

    
4

Tin blowing Trumpets

    
2

hand or spiral spring Steelyards

    
20

yds Strong Oznaburgs

    
24

Iron Spoons

    
24

Pint Tin Cups (without handles)

    
30

Steels for striking or making fire

    
100

Flints for do. do. do.

    
2

Frows

    
6

Saddlers large Needles

    
6

Do. Large Awls

        
Muscatoe Curtains

    
2

patent chamber lamps & wicks

    
15

Oil Cloth Bags for securing provision

    
1

Sea Grass Hammock


Provisions and Means of Subsistence

    
150

lbs. Portable Soup.

    
3

bushels of Allum or Rock Salt

        
Spicies assorted

    
6

Kegs of 5 Gallons each making 30 Gallons of rectified pirits such as is used for the Indian trade

    
6

Kegs bound with iron Hoops


Indian Presents

    
5

lbs. White Wampum

    
5

lbs. White Glass Beads mostly small

    
20

lbs. Red Do. Do. Assorted

    
5

lbs. Yellow or Orange Do. Do. Assorted

    
30

Calico Shirts

    
12

Pieces of East India muslin Hanckerchiefs striped or check'd with brilliant Colours.

    
12

Red Silk Hanckerchiefs

    
144

Small cheap looking Glasses

    
100

Burning Glasses

    
4

Vials of Phosforus

    
288

Steels for striking fire

    
144

Small cheap Scizors

    
20

Pair large Do.

    
12

Groces Needles Assorted No. 1 to 8 Common points

    
12

Groces Do. Assorted with points for sewing leather

    
288

Common brass thimbles - part W. office

    
10

lbs. Sewing Thread assorted

    
24

Hanks Sewing Silk

    
8

lbs. Red Lead

    
2

lbs. Vermillion - at War Office

    
288

Knives Small such as are generally used for the Indian trade, with fix'd blades & handles inlaid with brass

    
36

Large knives

    
36

Pipe Tomahawks - at H. Ferry

    
12

lbs. Brass wire Assorted

    
12

lbs. Iron do. Do. generally large

    
6

Belts of narrow Ribbons colours assorted

    
50

lbs. Spun Tobacco.

    
20

Small falling axes to be obtained in Tennessee

    
40

fish Griggs such as the Indians use with a single barbed point - at Harper's ferry

    
3

Groce fishing Hooks assorted

    
3

Groce Mockerson awls assorted

    
50

lbs. Powder secured in a Keg covered with oil Cloth

    
24

Belts of Worsted feiret or Gartering Colours brilliant and Assorted

    
15

Sheets of Copper Cut into strips of an inch in width & a foot long

    
20

Sheets of Tin

    
12

lbs. Strips of Sheet iron 1 In. wide 1 foot long

    
1

Pc. Red Cloth second quality

    
1

Nest of 8 or 9 small copper kettles

    
100

Block-tin rings cheap kind ornamented with Colour'd Glass or Mock-Stone

    
2

Groces of brass Curtain Rings & sufficently large for the Finger

    
1

Groce Cast Iron Combs

    
18

Cheap brass Combs

    
24

Blankets.

    
12

Arm Bands Silver at War Office

    
12

Wrist do. do. Do.

    
36

Ear Trinkets Do. Part do.

    
6

Groces Drops of Do. Part Do.

    
4

doz Rings for Fingers of do.

    
4

Groces Broaches of do.

    
12

Small Medals do.


Means of Transportation

    
1

Keeled Boat light strong at least 60 feet in length her burthen equal to 8 Tons

    
1

Iron frame of Canoe 40 feet long

    
1

Large Wooden Canoe

    
12

Spikes for Setting-Poles

    
4

Boat Hooks & points Complete

    
2

Chains & Pad-Locks for confining the Boat & Canoes &c.


Medicine

    
15

lbs. Best powder's Bark

    
10

lbs. Epsom or Glauber Salts

    
4

oz. Calomel

    
12

oz. Opium

    
_

oz. Tarter emetic

    
8

oz. Borax

    
4

oz. Powder'd Ipecacuana

    
8

oz. Powder Jalap

    
8

oz. Powdered Rhubarb

    
6

Best lancets

    
2

oz. White Vitriol

    
4

oz. Lacteaum Saturni

    
4

Pewter Penis syringes

    
1

Flour of Sulphur

    
3

Clyster pipes

    
4

oz. Turlingtons Balsam

    
2

lbs. Yellow Bascilicum

    
2

Sticks of Symple Diachylon

    
1

lb. Blistering Ointments

    
2

lbs. Nitre

    
2

lbs. Coperas


Materials for making up the Various Articles into portable Packs

    
30

Sheep skins taken off the Animal as perfectly whole aspossible, without being split on the belly as usual and dress'd only with lime to free them from the wool; or otherwise about the same quantity of Oil Cloth bags well painted

        
https://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/lewiss-packing-list
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Re: Lewis's Packing List, of Lewis & Clark
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 07:51:13 PM »
What no pop corn?
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Re: Lewis's Packing List, of Lewis & Clark
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2017, 05:31:12 AM »
What no pop corn?
Natives already had a supply of their own.

I was just surprised they didn't include a bathtub. According to record, the boat weighed 8 tons.
I remember watching a film in school showing the expedition lifting all the boats and supplies across land to get to clearer water.
I think they lied to me back then or they had a thousand men with the strength of gorillas and history hides the fact that early European settlers were actually cyborgs.
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