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Conspiracy: Meriwether Lewis And Thomas Jefferson’s Missing Documents

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Some lost treasures do not consist of gold, silver, or precious gems, yet their value exceeds monetary reckoning. Some even consider these lost treasures priceless, and a few seem to be cursed, considering the experience of those who figure prominently in them – such are the valued treasures of lost documents. Roman leaders, for instance, consulted the Sibylline Books for 900 years before they disappeared. And then Rome fell. Many Mayan texts, including the famous Codices, were burned by Spanish conquistadors and Catholic monks in the 16th century. A precious few were copied and hidden, otherwise history would never even have reported on them. And the once mighty Maya empire collapsed into the mists of time, leaving only magnificent, crumbling ruins in their wake, where once gold sparkled in the morning sunrise. 

The Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament by Christians, cited about 20 chronicles that no longer exist. How can anyone put a price tag on the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Nag Hammadi texts? Scholars consider all these beyond price. The Lewis missing documents might hold a key to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase of territory considered vital by Thomas Jefferson, and Lewis died while having them in his possession. Does of verdict of suicide cover up a conspiracy to murder?

The route of Lewis and Clark expedition (Dimitrios / Adobe Stock)

The route of Lewis and Clark expedition (Dimitrios / Adobe Stock)

Lewis and Clark Corps Discovery Expedition

The missing pages from the journals of Meriwether Lewis, hero of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition from 1804-1806, are considered priceless. Lewis’ friend, American president Thomas Jefferson, had given the expedition some key goals. They were to explore the Missouri River to find “the most direct and practicable water communication across this continent for the purposes of commerce … and render a knowledge of those people who inhabited the route.” To that end, either Jefferson or Lewis, it is not clear which, created a gridded sheet which listed common English words in the left-hand column and blank columns to the right. The idea was to fill in equivalent Native American words to see if there were common roots in any European languages.

Lewis and Clark, 1954 issue. U.S. Post Office; Bureau of Engraving and Printing; designed by Charles R. Chickering (Public Domain)

Lewis and Clark, 1954 issue. U.S. Post Office; Bureau of Engraving and Printing; designed by Charles R. Chickering (Public Domain)

Jefferson was obsessed with the idea that Europeans made it to the Americas way before Columbus. He firmly believed, for instance, that the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, after their defeat by the Assyrians in 721 BC, eventually migrated to the Americas.

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Jim Willis is author of 17 books on religion and spirituality, he has been an ordained minister for over 40 years while working part-time as a carpenter, the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director and adjunct college professor in the fields of World Religions and Instrumental Music. He is author of The Wizard in the Wood: A Tale of Magic, Mystery, and Meaning

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After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Jim Willis became a high school band and orchestra teacher during the week, a symphony trombonist on the weekends, a jazz musician at night and a choral conductor on Sunday mornings. ... Read More

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