|Title||David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay; Williamstown|
|Date||Feb. 5, 1825|
|Description||1 letter; 2 pages|
Thompson, David, 1770-1857
International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
|Scope & Content||
5th February 1825 Williamstown
On the 14th January I had the honor
of receiving your letter inclosing the bills of
exchange No. 44? for my quarterly salary to
5th January of this year, for which please to
accept my grateful thanks.
My last letter was under date
of January 10th since which we have been
laboriously employed on the calculations
for the fair maps, and have yet much to do
for the courses and distances, over, and round
those rocky lakes are innumerable, and
in several places we find the compass
has been affected by the embankments of
Our winter hitherto has been
uncommonly mild, the rivers have not frozen
over, except below Montreal; and if the spring
returns as usual, the navigation will be
open very early.
At the latter end of this month I shall go to
Montreal, and settle with Mr. Ross, the quantity
and quality of every thing necessary for the voyage
The guides, men &c &c. so that we may be pre-
pared in time.
Your most obedient
and humble servant
Anthony Barclay Esqr.
His Majestys Commissioner
&c &c &c
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.