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Document for January 18th:
Jefferson’s Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Lewis and Clark Expedition


President Thomas Jefferson's confidential message to Congress concerning relations with the Indians

President Thomas Jefferson's confidential message to Congress concerning relations with the Indians, January, 18, 1803; Record Group 233, Records of the United States House of Representatives, HR 7A-D1; National Archives.

In this secret message of January 18, 1803, President Jefferson asked Congress for $2,500 to explore the West--all the way to the Pacific Ocean. At the time, the territory did not belong to the United States. Congress agreed to fund the expedition that would be led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
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