[Document, 1719 June 04]


[Document, 1719 June 04]
Library Location
Hunter, Robert, 1666-1734 (Author)
Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations (Addressee)
Peyster, A. D. (Author)
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
June 04, 1719
Physical Description
9 pages
United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Robert Hunter and the Council for the Province of New York are distressed to find that "a Number of Men, Strangers to our persons and the Province, and we believe but very little interested in the Trade of it" have become "Advocates of a few Male contented here." Their suspicions are unwarranted and groundless. The purpose of the bill is to pay long standing debts, some of which are back pay dating back to the Glorious Revolution. Among those protesting the bill are men who were owed no money, or who were already paid. There is no doubt that the Governor and persons concerned both in New York and New Jersey will take the utmost care that the division line will be properly drawn from 41 degrees 41' on the Delaware to 41 degrees on the Hudson. No addition to New Jersey is probable or possible. The suggestion that New Jersey will receive the County of Richmond is preposterous. The loss of quit rents is a weak pretence for a protest, because there are no crown grants except in the Province of New York, and none of these extend beyond the division line. Hunter and the Council ask the Lords of Trade to advise the King to give his assent to this act for the just relief of many persons and the credit and service of the government. Repeal of the act will be attended by dangerous consequences. Signed by Robert Hunter, A. DePeyster, R. Walter, Gert. Beekman, Rip Van Dam, John Barbarie, Thomas Byerly and John Johnston. Enclosed in a letter from the Council of Trade dated 4 June 1719 in the Council office, New York. Entered before the Commission to settle the boundary between New York and New Jersey 2 August 1769.