[Document, 1769 July 18]


[Document, 1769 July 18]
Library Location
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
July 18, 1769
Physical Description
13 pages
United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Traces the claims of New York from the grant of Charles II, dated 12 March 1664, to James Duke of York; York's grants of land on 23-24 June 1664; the confirmation of these grants after the Treaty of Westminster in 1674; the merging of these lands with crown rights in 1685. Stresses that the claims of New York are identical with the interests of the crown. States that the grants of the Duke of York were not made from actual observations, but by the use of maps which contained errors. The boundary, as intended by the original grants, should be set on a line running from the latitude of forty degrees on the Hudson to the forks of the Delaware, until it intersects with the line mentioned in the original grant of Charles II, which runs from the head of the Connecticut River to the head of Delaware Bay, and from the point of intersection along the line of the head of Delaware Bay. New York has exercised jurisdiction on parts to the north of a line drawn in 1686 between East and West Jersey and New York until recently, when territory near Minisink "was by violence on the part of New Jersey torn from the Jurisdiction of the Colony of New York." Signed by John Cruger, Henry Holland, William Bayard, John Morin Scott, and Benjamin Kissam.