James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edward Tiffin, 20 September 1815

Sepr 20th 1815

Sir

By the act of May 20th. 1812, the Surveyor General, under the direction of the President of the U States, is authorized & required to designate &c the Western & Northern Boundaries of the State of Ohio.

As this act contemplates the decision of the ultimate boundaries, on two sides, of an independent State, it is desirable that it should be done in such a solemn & scientific manner as to preclude all doubt & dispute as to its accuracy.

Permit me to suggest that the employment of Andrew Ellicott in this business would be useful.

The act allows a compensation which is not adequate to the service required. It is probable that Congress will, on a reconsideration of the act, make such provision in this case, as its importance demands. I have &c

DNA: RG 49—Records of the Bureau of Land Management.

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