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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay; Lake Simcoe
Date May 22, 1823
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 1823 May 22 Thompson

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22 May 1823 Lake Simcoe
Dear Sir
Early on the 20th Inst. we arrived at York
and on the evening of the 21st arrived here we have
repaired, and painted the Canoe, and only wait
the paint to dry to set off and continue our voyage.
The Chronometer I placed in the hands
of the Naval Storekeeper at Kingston, to be held
in trust until your will is known, in what
further is to be done with it. Share with
me, my own Chronometer made by Earnshaw,
and an excellent silver watch of L 23.10 [?]
from London. When at Kingston I wrote you
via Sacket Harbor; and after this shall I hope
again with you from the Falls of St Maries.
Mr Pomainville left York, on the 20th
just in a packet Boat for Niagara; and I had
previously wrote to Mr Ross of that place, to have
every thing forwarded to Fort Erie, without loss of
time. If Permission was given me, I could
contact at the Falls of St Maries for all the
Provisions
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Provisions required, full as cheap as they can be got
at Niagara; which would save all the freight
and the expences of the Steward by the Lakes –
and also prevent us losing time, in waiting for
him.The Bills of Exchange No 500 for my Sala-
-ry ending 5 January have not yet been received.
I inclose the Receipts for the 5th July and
the 5th October, (please God I [l? ?]) These
are the second sett sent.
Lieut Bay Field has orders from Com-
missioner Barre to freight what we may
want from the Falls of St Maries to Fort William
provided Mr Pomainville can arrive in time.
Some of Mr Bayfield’s people left this place this
day: he proceeds up Lake Huron in a Schooner
and 2 Boats for the Survey of Lake Superior; the
vessel is chartered for 2 years at 20/pr ton for 24 months.
We shall use all diligence in the prosecution
of the Survey.Your most Obedient
and humble Servant
David Thompson
Anthony Barclay Esqr
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.