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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay; Falls of St. Maries
Date June 10, 1823
Description 1 letter; 2 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content 1823 June 10 Thompson
Falls of St. Maries 10 June 1823
Dear Sir
My last Letter was dated May 22nd Lake
Simcoe; in which I had the honor to inclose to you my
Receipt for the quarter ending July 5. and October the
15th 1823 – and also acknowledged all the Bills for my
Salary to the 5 April 1823. inclusive, except the
Bill, No 58 for the 5 Jany 1823. which have not yet
been received. On the 6th June with very favorable
weather we arrived here: finding the Recovery from
Fort William ready to set off as soon Lieut Bayfield
should ship his Provisions &c; and Mr Pomainville
not arrived with our Straw and Provisions. I was obli-
-ged to set off for Drummend Isld where I arrived early
on the 8th January nothing could be done; soon after
an American vessel with British Cargo came in from
Lake Erie, and landed Capt Anderson of the Indian
Department who informed me that when he left
Fort Erie, there was no word of any thing belonging
to the Commission having arrived at that Place
I was therefore obliged to apply to the Commissary
for a small supply, which with what we have
already at Fort William, may enable us to go on
the Survey; altho' we shall feel the want of many
things under Mr Pomainvilles charge. We must
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do the best we can; early this morning we arrived
here; and are now setting off for Fort William
and shall please God prosecute the Survey with
all the activity in our power
you most obedient
and humble Servant
David Thompson

Anthony Barclay Esqr

Mr. Thompson
Dated June 10, 1823
Ansd Augt 2 1823

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.