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the Dangers, Difficulties and fatigues

August 3rd, 2004 · 2 Comments

An exchange of letters between Lewis and Clark


The film at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center noted that Lewis and Clark treated each other as equals even though Lewis officially held higher rank than his partner. It was also said that the two leaders respected and cared for all of the Corp.

Much has been said about what it means to be a leader. The glory and achievement. Too often it is only words. But I think that what these two men were willing to do (dangers, difficulties and fatigues), and what they did suffer and accomplish, as well as how they treated those who were under their care, speaks more than perhaps the words they wrote.

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  • 1 Bob V // Aug 3, 2004 at 7:21 am

    Notice how many ellipses are in these quotes. They look as manipulated as a typical movie review:

    “This movie was…brilliant[ly]…constructed.”
    “A heart-wrenching…tail not for the…light of…heart.”

    I wonder what they really said and meant. Maybe the meaning hasn’t changed, but they needed to butcher the wording to make the writing worthy of the eventual deed.

  • 2 Julie // Aug 3, 2004 at 11:47 pm

    Good point, Bob V. I’m usually aware of those ellipses and suspicious. I think I was just getting caught up in the sentiment…:-) I have a particular fondness for Clark and liked those three words he used…