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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay
Date Oct. 15, 1821
Description 1 letter; 2 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Thompson, Samuel
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content

The Honorable Anthony Barclay
My letter of the
13th August and 4 Sepr have I hope been received.
We hastened on the maps, to be as ready as possi-
=ble for the 24 Sepr. Sepr 19th having settled all ac-
=counts and put up every thing in good order for the
journey to Utica, at noon left Fort George. On
the heights of Queenstown met Mr. Secretary Fraser,
who informed us of your illness, and the postpone-
=ment of the meeting of the Board; and also inform-
=ed me, he was authorized to direct us to remain -
somewhere near that place until further orders.
We therefore put up at Chippewa, and as well
as we could on smal dining tables, continued
to work at the maps for a fortnight. Octr 1 I went
to Black Rock to Secretary Fraser, who read me a
letter he had that morning received from General
Porter, in which I was ordered to proceed alone to
albany with all the maps, papers &c &c of both parties
belonging to the Board of Commission, as soon as the
maps would be ready, and at Albany I should
receive further Instructions how to act. Major
Fraser also delivered me a short letter from Dr. Bigsby
to the same effect. I directly returned to Chippewa
on the instant, three copies of the maps being
complete, we put up everything in the best order
and Mssr Stevenson Gibbs and S. Thompson set off
to meet the Steam boat, and return to their respective
homes. The same evening I arrived at Black
Rock. The next day in a carriage ordered by

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General Porter, we placed the maps ? of papers &c?
but it was noon before we could set off. On the 12 Inst
arrived here, the horses quite tired with so long a
journey. On the 13th Mr. Bird paid ma a visit I
delivered to him the maps of? Exchange &c &c ? we took
in charge a copy of the maps of this year, from
which to make out the 4th copy as directed in your
orders of last May. This copy must be made by
my son and myself, as the time is too short to open
an office at Montreal, and by the time Mr. Gibbs
could be at my house, the last of this ?
will take place. I shall do everything I can to
have this copy in readiness . The whole of the
Maps, papers &c will this day be deposited in
the albany Bank for safety until they are requi-
red. On my arrival here I learnt that Genl
Porter, col. Hale and Dr. Bigsby had left this place
several days and had left neither letter nor
instructions for me; but Mr. Bird informed me
that a meeting of the Board is to take place on the
12 Nov at New York for which I am to hld my-
=self ready. I now leave this place, to be with
my family, for a few days please God, after so
long an absence. You will be so good as remark
that since the middle of May, to this date, I have
not received a letter from either yourself or Col
Hale, and have been guided by the intelligence
I could collect from the American Gentlemen.
I shall endeavour to be at New York on
the 12th November, and hope to see you in good

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health than which nothing can give greater
pleasure to
your most obedient,
and humble Servant

albany 15th Oct 1821David Thompson

My son Samuel begs permission to return you his
most grateful thanks for your kindness to him
these two years past; to which permit me to add
mine. The work he has done, and the ma [nner?] [page torn]
in which it is executed, will, I hope meet [page torn]

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.