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THE MICHIGAN AND OHIO BOUNDARY LINE

BY FRANK E. ROBSON ESQ.

He surveyed a line in that year, commencing at the easterly end of the most northerly cape of Maumee bay and running thence west towards the southerly bend of Lake Michigan until it intersected the western boundary of Ohio. This line is commonly called "Harris' line" in distinction from another line run at a later date under the supervision of the treasury department, which was dissatisfied with the line as run by Harris. This line was also run under the supervision of the surveyor general, by John A. Pulton and called "Fulton's line, " and, more nearly corresponds with what would be the correct line as declared in the congressional legislation already cited.
The running of "Harris' line" was of sufficient importance for Gov. Cass to take notice of it. which he does in a letter to Surveyor General Tiffin. The letter so fully states the claims of Michigan as subsequently asserted that I have inserted some portions of it. Writing under date of November 1, 1817, he says: "Report says that the line, which has been recently run, purporting to be the line between the state of Ohio and this territory, was not run a due east course from the southern extremity of Lake Michigan to Lake Erie, but a course somewhat to the north of this, although how much I am unable to ascertain. " Then referring to the steal perpetrated in the admission of Indiana, says: "And, although the boundary of Indiana was extended contrary to these provisions" referring to the acts of 1787 and 1805, "ten miles north, yet I believe it was done unadvisedly, and will, when this territory is heard in the legislature of the nation, be a subject for revision and examination. " Following this he recites the proviso of the Ohio constitution and says: "This proposition has never been acceded to by Congress, and if the construction which was put upon the articles of compact, " the ordinance of 1787, "be correct, no agreement even by that body, without our consent, could alter these lines.

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