Maine Historical Society header
Maine Historical Society header

Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay
Date Oct. 27, 1820
Description 1 letter; 2 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content Fort George Oct 27th 1820
Anthony Barclay Esq

The Confiance sailed from
the Grand River on the 18th Inst. for Pentaquisham in Lake
Huron, taking with her as many mechanics as she could
carry. I understand the naval establishment at Gran
River is to be abandoned from its non efficiency and trans
ferred to Lake Huron. On the 23rd Inst. hearing nothing
of the American Surveying Party, and finding our boat and
lodging too expensive, I cam down hereto? and by the assis
tance of Mr. John Ross, found the only house that admits
boarders. On the 24th we removed hereto, and I think our
expences at the place will not exceed ? per month, inclu
ding several things bought for the office but we are
not too well accomodated. Asfewer? as well as this
place we were at the rate of 38 L per month, and except her
I could process no lower terms than 3? L per month for board
and lodging olny. We shall be as economical as profitable.
I have forwarded to Mr. Hale the statement of our ex
pences, with recept ? up to this date. On the 24th Inst
on my way hereto I saw a Mr. Crooks of Mr. Jacob Ostengay
who has just arrived from Makinaw, he told me he passed
the American surveying party, at Detroit where they had
been 7 days, and on the 28 Inst in the morning he saw them
anchor at Black Rock. It is surprising to me that in all
this time I should have neither have heard from nor
seen Mr. Stevenson. In all probability it will be the 20th
Novr before I can leave this place; and it will be sometime
in December before I can be at Montreal. I shall plan
God Have? that place for Amherstburg by the beginning
of January. I with to get every thing as forward as possible
and before any of us leave this place, shall have every
thing finished except the 2 ?[fair?] maps for the Board

begin p2
It is my intention to get one? the two assistants to remain here
with my son to copy the original maps and make 2 fair copies
for the Board, while I am on my journey to Montreal, by
which plan we shall have only to attend to the survey.
but the anxiety of Mr. Gibbs to see Montreal, and the uncer-
tainty which Mr. Stevenson will stay until I return;
makes it a doubtful business. I shall do all I can ?
is? effected. as by this we shall be enabled to get pretty
well thro with the 6th Article by next November.
We are very much in want of drawing and copying
paper, if the ample ? of last spring has come out.
I should be glad to see, at last, part of it forwarded
to Montreal. The great expence of bringing up men
from Montreal to Lake Huron, and their return to Mon
treal, makes me remark, that I hope we shall be fully
able to procure men enough in the River St. Clair, for the
spring and summers work. I have no doubt of it myself.
I hope you have received my letter of the 13th Inst
in which I enclosed the 3 receipts for my salary and the
second three of the same date and tenor I now enclose.
I also forward you my plan for the survey of the
numerous channels of the ? of Lake St. Clair, which I
hpe will meet with your approval. As this survey will
probably be commenced before? the meeting of the Board.
I shall forward a copy of it with the plan to Com
missioner Porter for the use of Mr. Bird.
I am
with respect
your humble servant
David Thompson

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.