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The Suicide of Meriwether Lewis A report by Charles Emmett Chatham IV 31 January 2000 Chatham 1 In the early hours of October 11 1806 while en-rout to Wasington to defend himself against accusations made on him in accordance to the fiancial decisions made by him as govoner of the Louisian teritoryMeriwether Lewis shot himself in the head with his own pistol at Natchez Trace1 However the ball only grazed his skull Of course after doing so he fell to the floor in pain After this Lewis drew his second pistol and shot himself in the chest this passing through his body and exiting at his lower back bone However once again he survived this blow By now he had aroused Mrs Grinder the innkeeper at Natchez Trace who sent for the servants in the barn After entering Meriwethers room she saw Lewis cutting himself with a razor At this point he exclaimed I am no coward Chatham 2 but I am so strong it is so hard to die At this point Lewis pleaded with the servants to take his rifle and kill him he even offered them money and the assurance that no ill fate would come to them After dawn Meriwether Lewis hart stopped beating 3 To understand why such a well respected man and explorer took his own life we must examine what composed his life this being his upbringing and major events and influences in his life4 Meriwether Lewis was born August 18 1774 the same year of the Boston Tea Party in Rockfish Gap Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains Here the East met the West5 Lewis had the advantages of living in the wilderness to sharpen his
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