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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
WILLIAM A. BURT,

BY GEORGE H. CANNON.
June 7, 1882.

From that point he determined to proceed homeward by an entirely different route, which would take him to Fort Harrison, thence to Fort Defiance, Fort Meigs, the Maumee, Detroit, and by water to Buffalo. On this route between Forts Harrison and Wayne, a distance of 200 miles, there were no white settlements, and the country was swarming with Indians. At Vincennes he had become acquainted with two young men who were also exploring the country. They gladly accompanied him on the perilous journey. Mr. Burt kept a journal of this expedition, and from it we learn that they encountered no serious trouble with the Indians who were very friendly, and to whom they were indebted for their escape from much suffering, and from actual starvation. They left Fort Harrison October 11, and arrived at Fort Wayne on the 17th much exhausted. Burt's memoranda gives no account of the forts passed, and only a meager description of the country. As the region traversed has become densely populated, having cities and villages, and as the forts have long since disappeared, a description of them would now be of great interest. From Fort Wayne they proceeded to Fort Meigs, a distance of 110 miles, which they accomplished in four days. This is now the city of Toledo [Perrysburg]. From here they endeavored to reach Detroit by boat and embarked on a schooner for that purpose, but after beating about for several hours and making no progress on account of adverse winds they went ashore, and took the reliable "Foot and Walker line" to Detroit, at which place they arrived October 27. Stopped in Detroit until the 30th, at Williams' inn, on which date they went aboard the schooner Washington and sailed for Buffalo, arriving there at noon November 3, 1817.

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