[Document, 1769 July n.d.]


[Document, 1769 July n.d.]
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Papers of John Jay
1769 July n.d.
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3 pages
United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775; Jay, John, 1745-1829
By this act, the New Jersey proprietors are attempting to absorb a number of settlements made under patents and grants from the province of New York. Some of the inhabitants of these settlements have paid taxes and performed public duties for New York for forty or fifty years. Because the various attempts at settling the line were not warranted by sufficient authority, and were made for temporary purposes, the boundary is still unsettled and uncertain. On 22 July 1684, the Indian Sachems of Minisink appeared before the Council of New York and declared themselves under that government. On [17?] September 1684, the Governor and Council of New York asked that the inhabitants of Tappan appear in October 1685 to take out patents for their land. Many appeared on 9 October 1685 to do this. In September 1686, Deputy Governor Gawen Lawrie of East New Jersey and John Skene, Deputy Governor of West New Jersey, acquainted Governor Dongan of their intention of running a boundary line. Dongan assented to this, and proposed that the northernmost branch of the Delaware River, the boundary according to the patent, be agreed upon and fixed, and that the surveyors meet at the falls of the Delaware for this purpose on 1 September 1687. Extract from among the proceedings of the Commission to settle boundary between New York and New Jersey.