James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josiah Meigs, 20 September 1815

Genl L Office 20th Sepr 1815


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 Independant 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

Printed Source--Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1934-69).: Volume X: The Territory of Michigan, 1805-1820.

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