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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay
Date Jan. 6, 1821
Description 1 letter; 3 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content
Montreal 6th Janry 1821.

Anthony Barclay Esqr
Sir/
On the 26th Dec I
arrived here from New York, and finding that my
accounts and many other affairs could not in my
opinion be arranged wihtout seeing the agent; on
the 28th I set off for quebec, and met with exceeding
bad weather and roads, so that it was at 2 PM? on
the 31st before I reached Quebec, altho I travelled
day and night in an open cariol? for the first 120
miles. I found my expences from 5th Dec. to 31st in
all charges included amounted to 6 1/4 per mile.
Having settled all my accounts, and consulted with
Mr. Hale on the business of the survey &c &c. On
the 2 inst I set off for this place, and arrived yes=
terday evening; From what I suffered from bad
weather I found myself slightly attacked with a
Pleurisy but it is now gone off thank God, and
left only a cold. - On examining your letter &c &c
mr. Hale authorized me to engage Mr. A. Stevenson
for one year at 350 L. from 5th Janry 1821 to which
Mrs. A. Stevenson has agreed, and with Mr. Gibbs
and my son will now set off for Amherstburg.,
Had not Mr. A. Stevenson assented he was engaged
for the winter, I should not have detained him
at Fort George, however much I wanted him.
I have not as yet seen my family, but hope to
get off some time the morrow, if I can finish
the necessary arrangements, and as soon as I can
settle my own affairs, I shall follow them &c &c
to be at Fort George Amherstburg by the latter
end of this month. - On my arrival here the
26 ultimo I found two letters from you, one of
which

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which contained the form of my receipts; the other
mentioned your wish that I should send the maps
for the ministry to Col. Barclay. But no gentleman
of my acquaintance going to New York at that time,
I have retained those maps until now, when I
send them by Mr. Mahon, who I expect will deliver
them safe into Col Barclay's hands. By the same
gentleman also I sent an order to the collector
of the Customs at St. Johns to deliver to him the broken
chronometer sent there last spring; for col Barclay
it belongs to the Commission ? the 5th Article
Mr. Hale has authorized me to contract for
provisions for the ensuing season, which I shall
do on the most favourable terms for the Commission
without partiality for any one. I have ?
Receipts in to explicate for the quarter ending Jany
5th 1821. The quarter ending Oct 6th cost 3 setts of
triplicate receipts. Mr. Hale told me he saw no
objection to my son being employed as clark to the
Astronomer at about 7/6 per day. wages is not my
object tho it should be less, this waits your deter-
mination. On the intended plan of survey for
Lake Huron I see no use for a draftsman as from
the very nature of the survey, the surveyers must
perform that duty. I ? that the ensuing sum-
mer, the Earl Dalhousie intends visiting every
place in person up to the Falls of St. Maries, he will
then be a better judge of the great exertions made
to bring the 6th Article to a conclusion. I shall, as
usual, pay every attention to economy and dispatch
of Business, and if no accident efals us, hope to
give a good accouont of Lake St. Clair and its nume-
rous channels by the time the Board meets
at

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at Black Rock.
and remain with respect
Your obedient Servant
David Thompson
Ast Surveyer &c &c



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.