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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay
Date May 30, 1822
Description 1 letter: 2 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content
Kingston 30 May 1822

Dear Sir/
Yesterday we arrived here; and
should have passed on, had not Mr. Ross thought
a cedar canoe a kind of light batteaux, and
forwarded us a barrel of pork of 200 lb and
do of biscuit, which it was dangerous to the
canoe and men to load and unload; and we
had to buy 10 gal kegs for the pork &c . I
waited on commissioner Barre he had receiv-
ed the maps of Lake and River st. Clair, and
expressed himself highly obliged to you for
them. Seeing in the New York paper, that
Colonel Barclay had sailed for England, he
concluded it was you, and had wrote me
to request of you a copy of the survey of the
St. Lawrence, especially of Grand Isle; and
if time would permit the calculations in
which this survey is founded. Your having
secured Grand Isle (before Kingston) to the
British Nation, is far more, than he expected
and the gentlemen of the Navy and the Army
as well as the Merchants give you the praise
you have so justly acquired; for no one ex-
pected, at most more than a part of it; and
some thought it must be given up altogether.
At Sacket harbor the Americans have let their
Navy go to ruin; while ours is in good order
and repair. Today it blows a heavy gale,
we wait impatiently for the wind to calm

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that we may prosecute our voyage. I have
wrote the Commissary at York to have the
necessary conveyance to Lake Simcoe ready
that no time may be lost and we shall
do our best to obey your orders.

Your most obedient
and humble servant
David Thompson

Anthony Barclay Esq

The screw spiles, which you requested me to
procure for you, could not be found at Mon-
treal, when I came away I employed Mr.
Ross and without effect.

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.