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THE MICHIGAN AND OHIO BOUNDARY LINE

BY FRANK E. ROBSON ESQ.

This in substance was that "The Ohio line should be run as claimed, and the people be allowed to follow their individual predilections as to which government they would obey, until the close of the next session of congress. " This arrangement was never in any manner assented to by the Michigan authorities, nor did they ever act in accordance with its terms. On the contrary, they continued to arrest offenders against the statute already cited, as they had done before, and, among others, a portion of the party of the Ohio survey commissioners. Several of the persons arrested made reports to the governor of Ohio by letter, which the governor subsequently submitted to the legislature. One of them writes as follows: "Here I am peeping through the grates of a loathsome prison for the monstrous crime of having acted as the judge of an election within the state of Ohio. " "Have been here fourteen hours, and no refreshments of any kind furnished. It appears probable that it is intended to soften us by starvation. " Then, referring to the troops of Gov. Mason, he says "Those bands of ruffians hanging upon the north- ern border of Ohio require chastisement. Up to the latter part of June an extended correspondence was carried on between Gov. Lucas and the authorities at Washington. The general tenor of the letters from; Washington is to the effect that the claims of Michigan were proper ones; and finally the president found it necessary to intimate to Gov. Lucas that he "might find it necessary to interfere with the power of the United States, if Ohio persisted in running the line with au armed escort. All of this correspondence was laid before the Ohio legislature by a special message, June 18, 1835. Two days later the Ohio legislature passed "an act to erect the county of Lucas, the boundaries of which included much of the territory in dispute and particularly the "Seat of war, " Toledo,

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