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This Little Fleet

from Songs of Lewis & Clark by Sara Bouchard



Lewis: Fort Mandan, April 7th 1805.

Our vessels consisted of six small canoes,
and two large perogues.
This little fleet altho' not quite so rispectable
as those of Columbus or Capt. Cook
were still viewed by us with as much pleasure
as those deservedly famed adventurers ever beheld theirs;
and I dare say with quite as much anxiety
for their safety and preservation.
We were now about to penetrate a country
at least two thousand miles in width,
on which the foot of civilized man had never trodden;

the good or evil it had in store for us
was for experiment yet to determine,
and these little vessells contained every article
by which we were to expect to subsist or defend ourselves.

However as the state of mind in which we are,
gives the colouring to events,
when the immagination is suffered to wander into futurity,
the picture which now presented itself to me
was a most pleasing one,
enterta[in]ing as I do,
the most confident hope of succeeding in a voyage
which had formed a da[r]ling project of mine for the last ten years,

I could but esteem this moment of my departure
as among the most happy of my life.


from Songs of Lewis & Clark, released November 8, 2008


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Sara Bouchard Richmond, Virginia

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and songwriter with a strong foothold in American roots. As an artist, I investigate ways to interact with and represent the American landscape through song. As a musician, I perform original and traditional tunes - drawn from bluegrass, old-time, jazz, country and blues - with my band SALT PARADE. ... more

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