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By the death of Mr Hutchins, the Office of Geographer to the United States has become vacant. In consequence of this event, I have by the advice of my Friends, thought proper to offer myself a Candidate to supply his place. As the proper execution of this business, will involve with it, an extensive astronomical knowledge, in both Theory, and Practice, it is with the greatest diffidence that I...
My former appointment to run the Line between the Western boundary of the State of New York, and the Lands belonging to the United States, added to the considerable expense I have already been at under that appointment in making the necessary Astronomical Instruments, and commencing the business by forwarding the Baggage to the Tyoga; together with my expenses in this City for three months...
I would propose Niagara for the place, and the second Week in next Month for the time of meeting the Commissioners, to be appointed by the Executives of the States of New York, and Massachusetts, to attend making the Survey directed by Congress in their Act of June 6th 1788. If the Express to Quebec should not return to Niagara by that time, that part of the Survey, lying on the South margin...
I arrived in this City the day before Yesterday, after a long and tedious journey from Fort Erie, and have the satisfaction to inform your Excellency that so much of the Survey on which I was employed, that fell within the Territory of his Britanick Majesty is compleated. I find the Geography of the Country about the Lakes very erronious, too much so to be even a tolerable guide. The south...
Latitude Note These Longitudes though sufficiently correct for common Geographical purposes, will nevertheless be rendered more accurate, when the Meridional Tangent to the west end of Lake Ontario, is carried on to the north boundary of Pennsylvania. Longitude, from the Meridian of Philadelphia °  ′  ″  °  ′  ″  Fort Erie 48.. 53.. 17 N 3.. 39..
Philadelphia, May 7, 1790. Will depart for Lake Erie at the end of May to complete the survey of the northeastern Pennsylvania lands ceded to the United States by New York. Expects to be in New York next week and will furnish Hamilton with an estimate of the expenses involved. ALS , Andrew Ellicott Papers, Library of Congress. Ellicott was a surveyor and mathematician who had worked for both...
I observe by the treaty of peace between the United States, and Creek Indians, that the running of certain lines agreed upon by the Secretary of War, on behalf of the United States, and the principal Chiefs of the Creeks, (limiting the claims of the two Nations,) is to commence next October. From a long, and extensive practice in the running of astronomical, and other lines, and being likewise...
I arrived at this Town on Monday last but the Cloudy weather prevented any observations being made untill friday evening which was very fine. [On Saturday the two first lines were completed. You will see by the enclosed plat that the second line does not touch any part of Hunting Creek unless the spring drain noted in the plat is to be considered a part of it. It appears to me that in order to...
Yours of the 21st. has come safe to hand, but I defered answering it immediately, expecting Major L’Enfant’s return from Virginia, whom I should have consulted on the subject, which you submitted to my opinion; but as he is yet absent, and the time of his return uncertain, a longer delay might perhaps be improper.—I shall have every thing in my power done between the Presidents-House, and the...
Mr. Ellicott sends his compliments to Mr. Jefferson, and requests the favour of him to replace the 20 dollars which he paid to the engravers as appears by their enclosed receipt. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); addressed; endorsed by clerk as received 23 Mch. 1792 but not recorded in SJL or SJPL ; also endorsed in another hand: “engraver—federal buildings.”