[Document, 1769 October n.d.]


[Document, 1769 October n.d.]
Library Location
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
1769 October n.d.
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2 pages
United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775; Jay, John, 1745-1829
The Fishkill River, where the latitude of 41 degrees 40' falls, does not form a true branch of the Delaware. Because in the grant of the Duke of York to the proprietors of New Jersey, the Fishkill and not the latitude is the northern boundary, the latitude is merely descriptive of the branch which was said to lie in the latitude 41 degrees 40'. Because the forks of the Delaware are the most important natural boundary which might be known at the time of the grant, there was perhaps a mistake in the latitude they were thought to lie in. These forks by modern observations lie almost exactly a degree to the southward, in the latitude of 40 degrees 40' in a line with New York City, which was also formerly thought to lie in the latitude of 41 degrees. By confining the northern boundary to these forks instead of to the latitude in which they were thought to lie, a more natural boundary than the "monstrous" and "absurd" one claimed by the New Jersey proprietors would be established. From the Proceeding of the Commission to settle the boundary between New York and New Jersey.