d on secrecy, the legislature could not be consulted; but a few trusty men-George Wythe, George Mason, and Thomas Jefferson —were taken to counsel, and the expedition was resolved upon.
On the second of January, 1778, Clark
1778. received his instructions and twelve hundred pounds in paper money.
On the next day Wythe, Mason, and Jefferson pledged their influence to secure a grant of three hundred acres of land to every man who should engage in the expedition.
On the fourth Clark left Williamsburg, clothed with all the authority he could wish.
At Redstone-old-fort, he prepared boats, light artillery, and ammunition.
For men he relied solely on volunteer backwoodsmen of south-western Pennsylvania, and from what we now call East Tennessee,
Chap. VIII.} 1778. and Kentucky.
On the twenty-fourth of June, the day of an eclipse of the sun, his boats passed over the falls of the Ohio.
After leaving a small garrison in an island near them, his party consisted of four companies only; b