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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
WILLIAM A. BURT,

BY GEORGE H. CANNON.
June 7, 1882.

To this the solar compass was no exception. At length an accident occurred as the surveys neared the mineral region, by which the compass in use was broken into a shapeless mass, beyond the hope of recovery. Necessity now required the use of the new instrument, and it was found in"a very short time that lines could be run much more expeditious and far more accurately than with the old compass heretofore in use.
On the 14th of January, 1840, Mr. Burt received a contract and instructions from the Surveyor General's office at Cincinnati to commence the surveys of the Upper Peninsula of this State. Its geological survey was in progress, under that eminent man and scientist, Dr. Douglass Houghton. The linear surveys, however, had not yet reached the extreme northern portion of the Lower Peninsula, and were only extended to the third correction line. The instructions from the office go on to say: "That it will be necessary for you to carry up one of the range lines, in the Southern Peninsula, to the Straits of Mackinaw, and from thence across the Strait by trigonometrical process, in the most accurate manner. On getting a line across the Strait, you will pursue such order as in your judgment will best secure a correct execution of the work in the manner now practiced in the survey of township lines, " etc. The district to be surveyed covered by these instructions, embraced the entire eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula, and comprised the survey of the exterior township lines, as far west as range 10; also the meridian line, as well as that portion of the State east of it, including the islands in the St. Mary's river and in Lakes Huron and Michigan.

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