|Title||David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay; Fort William, Lake Superior|
|Date||June 16, 1824|
|Description||1 letter; 1 page|
Thompson, David, 1770-1857
International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
|Scope & Content||
Fort William. Lake Superior
June 16 1824
On the 3rd June, we left the Falls of
St. Maries, and proceeded on our voyage to this
place, we had a fine passage, considering the Coun-
try, and arrived here yesterday at 10 am.
We are now ready to set off early the morrow morn-
ing, all well, for the prosecution of the Survey:
being ten days in advance of last year. We
shall pay attention to accuracy, so that what-
-ever is done, shall need no further survey.
Mr. Ferguson and party set off this day
at 10 am., he is to survey the Pigeon and Arrow Rivers
from Lake Superior to the Arrow Lake. And from
Lake Kasaganagah, following the lead of water,
to Sturgeon Lake in the New Road, which he expects
will employ him this season. We shall en-
deavor to be at Montreal, please God, by the
23rd October following.
Your most obedient
and humble servant
Anthony Barclay Esqr
His Majesty's Commissioner
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.