Merriweather Lewis (ESI) and William Clark (Te-LIE)
Lewis was, in other words, a rather solitary individual, devoted to his family and a few friends, a man with a gift for leadership, who could maintain discipline and get loyal and willing service from his men in the wilderness, but not a man who got along well with ordinary people under ordinary conditions. In the popular jargon of our day, Merriweather Lewis was an "introvert." He was also a rather moody individual.Unlike Lewis, however, Clark was neither moody nor solitary. He was a hearty, genial, socially inclined individual - an extrovert. Given their common interests, long acquaintance, hearty friendship, and similar enthusiasms, they complimented each other in an almost ideal way.
It is a remarkable fact that there is no record of the slightest quarrel between the two, not even under the terrible strain and hardship of wilderness travel, which makes ordinary men's tempers snap like fiddlestrings. Their only known differences relate, first, to the palatability of dog meat, which Lewis rather liked and Clark detested, and, second, to the necessity of salt, which Lewis craved and Clark thought a matter of "mere indifference". It is more than a matter of form when they refer - as both men do - to each other as "my friend, Captain Lewis," or "my friend, William Clark." Even as an old man - so testified a young niece living in his household - Clark could never refer to Lewis's death without tears in his eyes.Clark, the both men of course were military men, Lewis also, Clark was the older of the two. Clark was the the man who had the practicality always to be able to to find a solution, whatever the problem was. I have a sense that in a way, he was he was the the rod in the spine of of Lewis. I don’t mean to say that Lewis was weak because clearly he wasn’t. But it was Clark’s force of personality, his capacity to deal with with the men, all of whom were were not formally educated. That gave Lewis his discipline and his intelligence the the force, the power to make it, make it go, to make it active.In temperament Lewis and Clark were opposites. Lewis was introverted, melancholic, and moody; Clark, extroverted, even-tempered and gregarious. The better educated and more refined Lewis, who possessed a philosophical, romantic and speculative mind, was at home with abstract ideas; Clark, of a pragmatic mold, was more of a practical man of action. Each supplied vital qualities which balanced their partnership.
Their relationship ranks high in the realm of notable human associations. It was a rare example of two men of noble heart and conscience sharing responsibilities for the conduct of a dangerous enterprise without ever losing each other's respect or loyalty. Despite frequent stress, hardships, and other conditions that could easily have bred jealousy, mistrust or contempt, they proved to be self-effacing brothers in command and leadership. During their long journey, there is not a single trace of a serious quarrel or dispute between them.