TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION TO HONOR MERIWETHER LEWIS’ BIRTHDAY MONTH:
MERIWETHER LEWIS HAD A GODFATHER. HE WASN’T MARLON BRANDO. WHO WAS HE?
Congratulations to reader Jim Stewart for nailing the answer to the last Meriwether Lewis trivia question: How did Merry (Meriwether Lewis) treat the sexually transmitted diseases acquired by the Corps of Discovery?
Answer: Mercury, primarily. Lewis painted the nether-region lesions caused by syphilis with pure mercury, and he prescribed Dr Benjamin Rush’s Thunderclapper pills, a purgative whose largest component was mercury.
With all that mercury floating around inside and outside their systems, it’s a wonder the Corps of Discovery didn’t die en masse of mercury poisoning.
Recent excavations of latrine trenches used by the Corps on their journey still indicate high level of mercury in the ground. Over 200 years later, the Corps still leaves its mark on the landscape of the American West. In mercury.
Still skeptical that I can write a decent story? In August, think of Meriwether Lewis and celebrate his Birthday Month instead. I hope I honor him as a hero in my debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. It’s getting great reviews, but it needs more readers.
Kindle copies of the book are $2.99 to celebrate Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month, and a new paperback version is available now.
Click below to give Merry the birthday gift of remembrance.
At $2.99, you can give the gift of reading to several people in your life and celebrate Merry’s birth at the same time.