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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay
Date Oct. 16, 1820
Description 1 letter; 1 page
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content 1820 Oct. 16 enclosure

Sir
By reference to Dr. Bigsby I believe you will be
informed that my son Samuel Thompson has diligently
done the duty of a draftsman since the departure of
Mr. Gray, and is now, and will be diligently kept at
employment in calculations, maps, &c for the service
of the commission, until further orders. by the
Plan which I shall submit to you for the survey of
Lake Huron, it will be seen, the astronomer will re-
ceive an assistant, who at the same time must
continually work in calculating and correcting the
courses and distances as brought in by the surveys ?
of the shores, Island &c&c. IF this situation could be
retained for my son who is able to fill it, I should
esteem it a grat favor, his salary would be just
what is thought proper.

Your very humble servant
David Thompson
Anthony Barclay Esqr
16th October 1820
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.