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THE MICHIGAN AND OHIO BOUNDARY LINE

BY FRANK E. ROBSON ESQ.

Why should the boundaries of Ohio be enlarged at the expense of this territory? It is only adding strength to the strong, and making the weak still weaker. Even with the boundaries secured by the ordinance this territory must remain small in size and weak in population. By reducing it, its period of admission to the general con federation is indefinitely postponed. The country upon the Maumee has no natural connection with the interior of Ohio. " Gov. Cass then puts some pointed questions to the surveyor general, and wishes to be informed: "How the line has been run? Why has it been run in the manner reported, if so done? and by whose instructions?"
The reply of the surveyor general under date of Nov. 21, 1817, would indi cate that the line had been run for the sole benefit of the state of Ohio. 1 map of the survey was enclosed to General Cass, upon which the lines were drawn in the manner following: "You will observe that he commenced his operations at the southerly extreme of Lake Michigan, and found that an east line, according to the most careful attention to his compass, etc., etc., struct Lake Erie seven miles and forty nine chains south of the most northerly cap of Miami bay. * • * He then proceeded to a direct line from the most northerly cape of Miami bay, to the southerly extreme of Lake Michigan until he intersected the line due north from the mouth of the great Miami river of the Ohio. " The surveyor general then expresses his own opinion in the matter which clearly shows his own leaning. "By the map you ther fore see the two lines, and let the proper authorities say which shall govern "But I will confess to you, that it is my opinion, clearly, that the black Hi is the true line. " The black line referred to is the "Harris line.

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