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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
WILLIAM A. BURT,

BY GEORGE H. CANNON.
June 7, 1882.

This examin-tion found the surveys largely fraudulent over a great portion of the country; lakes and streams being put down where none were found to exist, and it was obvious that the surveyor had made his surveys in camp, and drawn liberally on his imagination. The district on which he was surety was also, to a great extent, fraudulent, but he had the satisfaction to find the district surveyed by his sons, and situated in the Grand Traverse region, properly surveyed; all lines and corners being found. In subsequent years, a large proportion of the Lower Peninsula was resur-veyed, and Mr. Burt obtained permission to make good the survey of the district on which he was held as security. This work he did in 1850. It comprised several townships, and has never been paid for. The IT. S. courts having held, that when the government accepted the work, and paid for it, that the bail was exonerated; hence Mr. Burt's gratuitous work becomes a just and valid claim against the IT. S., and the writer knows of no reason why the payment of so just a claim, should not have been pressed to "a conclusion, ere this. I apprehend that it must stand quite alone in the class of claims before Congress. In 1851 Mr. Burt-visited Europe, and exhibited his solar compass at the great world's fair, held in the city of London that year. The instrument was placed on exhibition in the astronomical section, and he was awarded a prize medal by the jurors on astronomical instruments. The committee spoke in flattering terms of the invention. He also visited the Continent, and improved the opportunity while in London, of making a journey to Edinburgh, Scotland, for the purpose of seeing Hugh Miller, the eminent author and geologist, whose writings had given him so much satisfaction.

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