St Louis, May 1st, 1823.
IN my last, I left you at the confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi, where I was waiting for a steam-boat. It arrived, and gave my excursion a direction quite contrary to that which seemed determined. At last, my dear Countess, you will assent to the justice of my profession of ignorance of the future; a profession, however, which has no influence either on my conduct or my principles, unless to render me more cautious in declaring my plans; though some persons have very unjustly represented it as fatalism.
All my letters of recommendation and of credit,--the company with whom I had associated,--the United States steam-boat, which was