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Title John Ogilvy letter to David Thompson
Date March 24, 1817
Description 1 letter, 1 page
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content Cote des Neiges 24th March 1817

Dear Sir,
I have been favored with your Letter of the 18th Instant – the
inclosure was very satisfactory and claims my acknowledgements at
your leisure you may extend the Draught to the Point where the
parallel of 45°N Lat: will strike the river and be pleased to transmit
me a copy – You have experienced some very favorable Nights for your
Observations and I trust between this and the beginning of April with
your industrious Exertions in observing the Sun, Moon, Planets & Stars
that you will be enabled to draw a Mean that will stand the
test of the strictest Scrutiny. You and me will never have any
difficulty about pecuniary matters and as you so handsomely
ask for explanatory remarks I am induced to repeat a few warnings
I most earnestly request of you to be cautiously guarded in
speaking on the Subject confided to you, to avoid making it a
Topic of Commiseration; and to be particularly watchful not to allow
your feelings to hurry you at any time into an argument on
matters touching that Subject – in fact uniform Silence on the
Business of your office is the Safest line of conduct and not
an iota of information of what nature Soever should be
allowed to escape without the Pale of the Board of Commision
to which you are attached.The Confidence you wish for
depends solely on yourself. Your discretion will always command
my confidence – I have the pleasure to repeat a Sentence from
a Letter of Coln Barclays to me. "Present to W. Thompson my
best Thanks for his satisfactory answers to and illustrations of
my questions.

GD. Thompson Esq.
St. Regis.
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.