|Title||Commissioner John Ogilvy letter to David Thompson|
|Date||Feb. 17, 1817|
|Description||1 letter, 1 page|
Thompson, David, 1770-1857
Ogilvy, John, d. 1819
International Boundary Commission
Fort Wellington (Prescott, Ont.)
Saint Lawrence River
Saint Regis River (N.Y.)
|Scope & Content||
Airly 17th Febr 1817
David Thompson Esq.
I am favoured with your sundry Letters and note
the State of your Operations at Prescott. I regret extremely to learn that
you were so uncomfortably lodged – in future order whatever you stand in
need of from Messr Ross's and draw for the Money you may want.
I request of you so soon as you have made the
necessary Observations at Fort Wellington to stop all further proceedings
at present and return to Williamstown to be in readiness to attend
the Surveyors at St. Regis who are expected early in March.
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.