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the part of this State, or either of them, the Governor of this State is hereby empowered to fill the vacancy or vacancies so occurring.
Resolved, That the Governor of this State be requested to transmit a duly certified copy of the foregoing resolution to the Governor of the State of New-York, to be laid before the Legislature of that State.
STATE OF CONNECTICUT, Office of Secretary of State, I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of record in
this office. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my
hand and affixed the seal of said State, at Hartford, this 31st day of December, A. D. 1855.
N. D. SPERRY,
Secretary of State.
STATE OF NEW-YORK: EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Albany, January, 25, 1856. To Hon. HENRY J. RAYMOND,
President of the Senate: I herewith transmit to the Legislature, certain resolutions passed by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut, appointing Commissioners to fix the west boundary line of that State.
These resolutions, it will be observed, contemplate the appointment of similar Commissioners, on the part of our own State, to confer with those named in the first resolution as appointed by the State of Connecticut.
I deem the matter of sufficient importance to be laid before you; and would respectfully recommend that Commissioners be accurdingly appointed on the part of the State of New-York.
MYRON H. CLARK.
Preamble and concurrent Resolutions relative to the dividing line
between the States of Connecticut and New-York. Whereas, it is represented on the part of the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut, that sundry differences and disputes have arisen among the inhabitants resident near the line dividing the States of New York and Connecticut, concerning said dividing line, and that most of the bounds and monuments erected on and along said dividing line have been removed or destroyed, rendering it uncertain to which of said States sundry citizens, residents as aforesaid, belong, now therefore, it is
Resolved, (if the Assembly concur), That the Governor appoint three Commissioners to be duly commissioned by him to meet the Commissioners appointed by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut, and with them, as soon as may be, to ascertain the boundary line between this state and the State of Connecticut, and to erect suitable monuments at such places as they shall deem necessary, to prevent any further mistake concerning the same; said Commissioners to be authorized to employ necessary surveyors and chainmen, to assist as aforesaid and to be required to report their doings, and the expenses attending the same, to the Legislature of this State ; and in case of the death or resignation of said Commissioners on the part of this State, or either of them, the Governor of this state is hereby empowered to fill the vacancy or vacancies so occurring.
Resolved, that the Governor of this state, be requested to transmit a duly certified copy of the foregoing resolution to the Governor of the State of Connecticut to be laid before the Geneeral Assembly of that State. By order,
S. P. ALLEN, Clerk.
IN ASSEMBLY, April 5th, 1856. Resolved, That the Assembly concur in the passage of the foregoing resolutions.
By order, R. U. SHERMAN, Clerk.
STATE OF NEW-YORK: EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Albany, April 9th, 1856. In pursuance of the foregoing concurrent resolution, I hereby appoint Hon. Ben Field of Orleans county, Hon. Samuel D. Backus of Kings county, and Col. Jonathan Tarbell of Essex county, to be Commissioners on the part of this State, to act with the Commissioners appointed by the State of Connecticut, to ascertain and settle the boundary line between the respective States as specified in said resolution.
MYRON H. CLARK.
(B.) ENGINEER’S REPORT.
Albany, Dec. 17th, 1856. C. W. WENTZ, Esq., Engineer in charge
of the New-York and Connecticut boundary survey: Dear Sir: Questions between us and the Connecticut Commissioners are assuming such an aspect that they may prevent an immediate adjustment of the boundary. We may therefore be compelled to make an ex parte statement of our doings thus far, and shall esteem it a favor if you will furnish us the details of the work as far as the survey has progressed, with the necessary maps, in advance of your report to the joint commission.
A full description of the points conditionally selected for mon. uments on any portion of the line, need not, of course, be included. Respectfully yours, &c.,
SAM’L D. BACKUS,
Commissioners. Messrs. BACKUs and TARBELL, Com’rs, &c.:
Gentlemen,--I herewith transmit a report of the surveys of the boundary line between the States of New-York and Connecticut, prepared in complianee with your request.
C. W. WENTZ, Engineer. Albany, January 1, 1857.
REPORT. The survey party, consisting of the chief engineer with John L. Stephenson as assistant, two flagmen, two chain bearers and an axeman, was fully organized at Port Chester, on the 25th of June last, and the survey comnienced at the north end of the line, described in the original survey as running from the “great stone at the wading place in Byram river,” to the “Duke's trees."
It was deemed advisable to trace this line from the north an, gle, as this point could be identified with more certainty, and a better opportunity was afforded for procuring a range that would approximate to the line. [Senate, No. 165.]
On arriving with our datum line at Byram river, I found a departure from the point fixed upon, as being the one described in the original survey as the “great stone at the wading place," of 7 chains and 36 links to the west, in a distance of 5741 17 chains as measured.
I may here remark that in all the measurements made on the lines between angles, I adopted the system pursued in the original survey, to wit: surface measurements, making such deductions for the purpose of calculating angles as, from a close observation of the irregularities of the surface, might be deemed necessary,
Having calculated the angle necessary to overcome the departure, the line was retraced in detail and measured; and from this line, the points at which monuments were to be set, were established.
A careful examination of the whole line was made, in connection with the survey, to ascertain if any of the monuments designated in the original survey could be identified, but none were found.
This line, as finally established, commences at a large rock, rising considerably above the surface of the ground, in which it is imbedded, situated on the easterly side of the Byram river, near the east end of the bridge, and upon the northerly or up river side of the same, and is supposed to have been fixed as being at the head of tide water.
Pursuing the line from this point, its magnetic bearing is north. 241° west. At 8 chsins it crosses Byram river, and leaving the valley of the stream, follows near the westerly declivity bordering the stream, for about 14 miles, when it approaches the east line of “King street road,” along which it runs for about 1 mile, when the road diverges to the east and the line crosses to the west side, and thus continues, varying in distance from the road, from 3 to 5 chains, for about 50 chains, when it is again transferred to the east side of the road and is traversed, nearly parallel to it, for over of a mile, when it again crosses to the west side. From this point the road gradually diverges from the line, reaching a distance of 15 or 20 chains east of it, and only approaches it, and is crossed and recrossed by the line, at a bend in it near the 465th chain, the line keeping on the west side, with the above exception, to near the 490th chain, where it again