|Title||John Ogilvy Letter to David Thompson|
|Date||April 17, 1817|
|Description||1 letter, 1 page|
Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Ogilvy, John, d. 1819
International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
|Scope & Content||
Montreal 10th April 1817
This moment I had the pleasure of receiving your favor
of the 4th instant and attentively observe your movements. I remark that
you had addressed Sir Robert Hale for a large Sextant – in future I beg
of you to apply through me for any thing wanting from Government as
I believe it to be the Etiquette among Gentlemen in Office that Heads of
Departments should be addressed by principals. If you can make it
convenient to pay us a visit after your return home I shall be well
pleased to see you – all I wish is that the point in question should
be justly and correctly fixed. I have arranged with W. Stephenson.
GD Thompson Esq.
This compiled collection includes papers from Thomas Barclay (1753-1830), his son, Anthony Barclay (1792-1877), John Ogilvy (d. 1819), Ward Chipman (1754-1824), Ward Chipman, [Jr.] (1787-1851), David Thompson (1770-1857), Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow (1814-1901) and others related to the determination of the boundary between Canada and the United States. Materials include government documents, correspondence, maps, surveys, diaries and Indian deeds related to the determination of the boundary between Canada and the United States, particularly of the years of the St. Croix Commission, 1796-1812, the Commissions appointed after the Treaty of Ghent, 1814-1838, and the Commissions under the Treaty of Washington, 1842. Papers of diplomats appointed by the British and American governments include the correspondence of explorers who surveyed the boundary zones and of several other diplomats, political officers and aids who became involved in the arbitration of the border. The explorations around the Island of St. Croix by Robert Pagan and Native American Francis Joseph Neptune, and a map by Chief Wasp of the Ojibway tribe in the vicinity of Ontario and Minnesota are noteworthy.