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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
WILLIAM A. BURT,

BY GEORGE H. CANNON.
June 7, 1882.

This work Mr. Burt undertook, and made a very satisfactory report. In 1846, his survey included the district between the 4th and 5th correction lines, and in part bordering on the boundary line next to Wisconsin, and extending eighty-four miles in an east and west direction. He also made the survey of the State boundary line. On this district of surveys he made a report on its geology, topography, etc., catalogued an immense number of specimens, showing the rock and mineral formations at every point where seen on the surveyed line; also numbered and described fourteen beds of iron ore which he discovered that season, and gave it as his opinion that he had probably seen about one-seventh of the ore beds. Subsequent discoveries would seem to confirm this. The botany of the country was not neglected. Many specimens of its flora were collected and preserved, a few of which were for the first time made known. These were all classified by Dr. Dennis Cooley, of Washington township, who was a well known enthusiast in the science of botany. These several reports were published by the general government, and were included in the geological report of Dr. Jackson, U. S. geologist, in 1849. Mr. Burt was now appointed, 1849, to examine the condition of the public land surveys to the north and west of the Saginaws. This service was a delicate one. Two of his sons had made surveys in the region to be examined, and he was security on one large contract; moreover, the surveyors were personal friends. The entire season was occupied with that work.

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