St. Louis October 8th 1806 Whereas we the undersigned having on the 19th Octr 1803 engaged John Shields to accompany us on a voyage of Discovery through the continent of North America to the Pacific Ocean, did then in behalf of the United States bind ourselves to allow the said John Shields for his services on that Expedition a compensation in Lands equal to that granted by the said States to a soldier of the Revolutionary Army. Now know ye that the said John Shields having faithfully complied with the several stipulations of his engagement, the undersigned in their said capacity do hold themselves bound to the said Shields his Heirs or assigns for the quantity of Lands above Stipulated[.] Given under our hands this day and date above mentioned. Meriwether Lewis Capt., 1st US. Regt. Infty. William Clark
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