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Title John Ogilvy letter to David Thompson
Date May 29, 1819
Description 1 letter, 2 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Ogilvy, John, d. 1819
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content Camp Isle Tonty 29" May 1819

Sir
As the very unfavourable weather
that we have experienced has retarded your operations
& prevented you from finishing the Survey at this end
of the Lake so soon as expected I shall be obliged to
leave you before the business is finished, in consequence.
I have to recommend to your particular care & attention
the management of the party now put under your
orders & particularly request of you to adopt the most
expeditious mode to bring matters to a close & which
I understand to comprise the following objects

The north shore from last years uppermost station
on the point at the Gap to the head land oppo-
site the false Ducks (unnecessary to penetrate into the bay)
The Isle Tonty & adjacent small islands.
The position of the Ducks also of the false ducks
And as you have already effected a part of the
Survey of the division that you had allotted to
yourself I hope that in the common course of things
you will be able to finish your division in a few days
which once completed I then wish you to assist &
hurry on Mr Wyss in his division on the inside of
the isle Tonty who has already made some progress
& I expect will be enabled through your additional
aid to finish his part before the 9th June when I
am anxious to have the whole proceedings at this
end of the Lake closed, being the latest period you
can remain here as you must be ready to embark
in the Steam Boat to sail from Kingston on the
10th June in the morning. it is desirable that you
should see the party off on their way to Niagara
before leaving them as they ought to reach that place
by the 15" June at latest. The green Barge & Bateau
are the craft to be sent round the Lake & as they
will be highly Loaded & well manned I have no
doubt but they will perform the voyage in five
or six days. As Mr. Gray is acquainted with the


I think
Lake & you do not require his further assistanceˆ he had
better accompany Mr. Wyss of course I shall leave to
you to furnish these gentlemen with instructions
for their guidance. The skiff you will bring with
yourself to Niagara & she will answer to take you
& your baggage to Kingston & I rely on your being
able to hire hands to work her down without
intruding on the Crews of the Barge & Bateau as
that might retard them. Agreably to your desire
opinion I shall take Mr. Gibbs along with myself
to Niagara. I annex list of men employed. Peter
Smith Esq – will be desired to furnish you with
whatever may be wanted for the service.

David Thompson Esq
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.