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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay; Williamstown
Date Jan. 5, 1824
Description 1 letter; 1 page
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content 1824_Jan_5

Williamstown 5 January

Dear Sir/
On the 26th January I received a Letter
from Mr. Secretary Fraser, dated the 6th December, Black
Rock, informing me that th emeeting of the Board
is postponed to the 16th February, then to be held at
Albany. We resumed the maps on tracing
paper, one of which I have now the honor to inclose
containing the survey of the interior country in
the year 1822. The scale is half an inch to one-
minute of Longitude; this scale is too small to show
the brooks &c connecting the Lakes; but will probably
give all the information required. A duplicate
map will be finished the morrow, which I wish
to send by way of Salmon River and Plattsburgh;
but the present state of the ice with us renders
the St. Lawrence impassable, as the mid stream
is open: should this continue, I shall forward
it the next weeks post by the way of Montreal.
We shall now exert ourselves to get ready
copies of the rough maps of the survey of past season
I cannot yet flatter myself that we can get the
whole done by the 6th February; on which day I
must leave this for Montreal and Albany.
Your most Obedient
and humble servant
David Thompson
Anthony Barclay Esqr.

Admin/Biographical History 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.