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, suffer nothing to pass, and await further instructions. Of the young men of Illinois, thirty volunteered to be the companions of Clark; the rest he embodied to garrison Kaskaskia and guard the different towns. On the seventh of 7. February, he began his march across the country with one hundred and thirty men. The inclemency of the season and high water threatened them with ruin. In eleven days they came within three 18. leagues of Vincennes, on the edge of the drowned lands of the Wabash river. To cross these required 23. five days more, during which they had to make two leagues, often up to the breast in water. Had not the weather been mild, they must have perished; but the courage and confidence of Clark and his troop never flagged. All this time Hamilton was planning murderous expeditions. He wrote: Next year there will be the greatest number of savages on the frontier that has ever been known, as the Six Nations have sent Chap. VIII.} 1779. Feb. 23. belts around to