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Title Copy of Henry Bayfield letter to David Thompson
Date July 15, 1824
Description 1 letter; 2 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Bayfield, Henry Wolsey, 1795-1885
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content Henry Wolsey Bayfield to David Thompson
1824 July 15 (copy)

His Majesty [No] Schooner Recovery
Falls of St Marys 15 July 1824
Dr Sir

I have received orders respecting your intended
visit to Caribou Island but before you resolve finally
upon the measure I beg leave to mention to you the
following - Caribou is a small Island not mor ethan
3 miles long and surrounded by dangerous reefs in
all direction a vessel cannot approach nearer than
2 miles altho' on one side she can anchor provided
the wind lie off shore but even this is attended with
considerable risk as should the wind change ever so
little she must weigh anchor and lie off to Sea at a
moments warning - in which case were you ashore
you might be left on the Island some time before the
Vessel could regain it - It is altogether a wild and
dangerous situation for a Vessel particularly when
weakly manned as ours is. I have surveyed Caribou Isld
this Spring and can give you it's Sketch & correct Latitude
& variation as also it's difference of Longitude with respect
to any point of the main which you may wish to the
Northro'd. The weat did not admit of our observing for
Longitude but we have it much more correctly by the
Survey then any astronomical observations except very
much multiplied could possibly give it.
If however you still determine to visit Caribou I shall in
obedience to my orders take you there whenever the
vessel can be spared from the Survey of Lake Superior
Had you found the vessel at this place you say you would
have visitted Caribou, but this could not have been
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the Case as she could not then be spared, and besides
the acting Master having no orders from me respecting
this subject of course would not have taken you. The
vessel will leave Fort William next Spring on or about the 20th
of May & will probably proceed to the Grand Portage or Isle Royal
immediately but of this I cannot speak positively until
I see what we can accomplish this Season . I shall leave a
letter for you at Fort William, on my departure saying where I am
gone, shall be likely to be &c. believe me to be dear sir
To Mr D. Thompson your obedient Servant & friend
&c &cHenry W. Bayfield

Copy of
Letter of Lieut Bayfield dated
15 July 1824. to D. Thompson Esq
Principal Surveyor

By order of the Board
October 9th. 1826.
Rich Williams
a sec'y.
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.