ILLINOIS HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS
"See my Letter to him [Governor of Virginia];"
"Refer to Major Bowman's Journal;" and "This copy
is lost." There can be no doubt that he made constant
use of the Diary, and Bowman's Journal. This
Journal gives Clark's proceedings between January
29, 1779, and March 20 of the following year and as it
was the work of one of his most trusted followers has
always been regarded as one of the best records of the
period. His efforts to recover the Mason Letter were
fruitless, and Clark's Journal t was in the hands of the
Interest centers especially in the comparison of the
narrative in the Memoir and that in these two latter
documents. It is seen that numerous incidents arc
introduced which although they are not mentioned in
the Diary or Bowman's Journal are referred to and
at times emphasized in the Mason Letter or Clark's
Some of the statements in the Memoir, not included
in either of the four documents mentioned, are cor-
roborated by other sources, as: the eclipse of the sun
at the time of leaving the Falls of the Ohio;2 the
treatment of Cerre;3 division of the goods captured at
Vincennes ;4 disposal of the prisoners;5 orders to Cap-
tain Shelby to re-enforce Captain Linctot;6 deprecia-
tion in the value of paper money;7 general confusion at
Detroit;8 and the defeat of Colonel David Rogers.9
X See ante, 164.
2-See ante, 224, n. 1.
6Ante, 360, 362.
'Ante, 300, n. 1; 300, n. 3.
'Ante, 324, 345.