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William Harris letter

Label
William Harris letter, 1817/09/08
Title
William Harris letter
Inclusive dates
1817/09/08
Creator
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
This collection includes a photostat copy of a September 8, 1817 letter sent by Deputy Surveyor William Harris to Surveyor General Edward Tiffin. The letter was written from Cincinnati and is a preliminary report regarding the survey Harris was conducting of the western and northwestern borders of Ohio and describes his difficulties surveying the area due to the weather, the swamp lands he found impassible for his horses, and his health issues. The collection also contains a photostat copy of a sketch Harris enclosed with his letter of the Ohio state line that he noted were "tolerably correct."
Biographical or historical data
The State of Ohio and the Michigan Territory engaged in a border dispute at the beginning of the nineteenth century. An act of Congress in 1812 authorized the President of the United States to direct the surveyor general "to cause to be surveyed, marked, and designated, so much of the western and northern boundaries of the State of Ohio, which had not already been ascertained, as divided said State from the Territories of Indiana and Michigan". Due to the War of 1812 and other issues, the survey was not conducted until 1817 when Surveyor General Edward Tiffin employed Deputy Surveyor William Harris to run the lines between Ohio and Indiana and between Ohio and Michigan. Sources:Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, and Charles Blanchard, eds. County of Williams, Ohio: Historical and Biographical, with an Outline Sketch of the Northwest Territory, of the State, and Miscellaneous Matters. Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1882. Accessed December 21, 2016. https://www.archive.org.United States Congress. Congressional Edition, Volume 279. Vol. 1. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1836. Accessed December 21, 2016. https://books.google.com/books?id=_5JHAQAAIAAJ&dq=william+harris+indiana+surveyor&source=gbs_navlinks_s.
Cataloging source
ISL
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Harris, William
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  • Boundary disputes
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Real property
  • Surveys
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Indiana Territory
  • Ohio
  • Ohio
Label
William Harris letter
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2163
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2016/12/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/12/21 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20897522
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William C. Harrison on 1949/04.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn974912258
  • (OCoLC)974912258
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder
Label
William Harris letter
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2163
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2016/12/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/12/21 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20897522
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William C. Harrison on 1949/04.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn974912258
  • (OCoLC)974912258
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder

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