Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Instructions for Meriwether Lewis

The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as, by it’s course & communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean, may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce.

PrC (DLC); dateline at foot of text. Published in PTJ, 40:177.
Thomas Jefferson
Meriwether Lewis
Date Range
June 20, 1803
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson