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Title David Thompson letter to Anthony Barclay; Lake Simcoe
Date June 8, 1822
Description 1 letter; 2 pages
People Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Search Terms International Boundary Commission
Treaty of Ghent
Scope & Content Lake Simcoe June 8th 1822

Dear Sir
A stormy morning, after a very bad
night of rain, thunder & lightning with gusts of
wind gives me an opportunity of writing, on
the 6th Instant we arrived at York, and that
day, b the assistance of Commissary Billings
came 18 miles over the carrying place; yesterday
we finished the last 18 miles, and came on13
miles, to this place by water; we have yet about
17 or 18 miles of this Lake to coast along, where
we come to the Notawasuaga Carrying Place of
9 miles; which leads to a rivulet of the same
name, and this rivulet brings us to Lake Huron
the cost of transportation of these two carrying
places will be about L24 for this season and
return next Autumn which is about the difference
of the wages between 2 expert men on the rapids
of the Ottawa and the present prices. But this
route will always be naturally preferred in
autumn, on account of its being free from ice
for about 15 days later than the route by the
Ottawa; so that L12 may be in favor of the road
by the way of Lake Simcoe. Still for my own part

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I would prefer the Ottawa in the spring; being the
shortest way. Mr. Pomainville left Kingston in
the steam Boat for Niagara the 1 June, and hopes
he will be at Drummond's Island by the time
that I may get there. When at York, having
no time, I did not wait upon Sir Peregrine
Maitland; and I had nothing to communicat
to him. Our canoe proves to be a strong boat
well calculated for these large lakes; but I am
afraid is rather heavy for the awkward carry-
ing places of the interior country; with which
however we have little to do this year.

Your most obedient
and humble servant
David Thompson

Anthony Barclay Esq
H. Majestys Commissioner
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.