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the Country folks in Setleing matters & was very helpfull & Smith & myself have spent six Compleat days with them the quotas came up £40-4 a thousand, & yet Several things were forgot to be brought into the Computation, the way by which the quota came so high was this

it was Esteemed to be about £35 pr 1000 when you went upon the Lines this Spring. Since which the marking by Jacobus Bruyn is agreed on to be 40/ pr 1000 more

the indian purchase in the former Computations was Laid on the whole 50000, but Ridgefield haveing purchased their own before there was no reason for them to pay any part of it but on the Contrary they were allowed £4–10 for their Indian purchase of the first Eight Lotts, now the Indian purchase amounted to near 100 pounds, which advanced our Shares above 10) pr 1000, the drawing the deeds recording Six of them that are general & Some other articles brought up the quota's as before to the Country folks, as to the matter of deeds with Smiths company its as yet to Setle & will not be much (if any) Less than the Country folks, the ten pounds you demanded was allowed which with your 20/ pr day while Last out & horse hire Such as jacobus Bruyn charges added to your former credits & the payments to you being Substracted there remained £ 158 I think & some odd Shillings ballance to you, nobody haveing any account from you other than what was in the book before with the Letter Left to Smith & me, which will come near paying your proportion

M: Heath was present at drawing the Lotts for you & I suppose Sent you them that were drawn for you my Lotts are N° 7, 14, 15, 21, 42, & 64. If you would take the trouble of giveing me your opinion of the quality & value of them I should be obliged to you.

The letter from your Aunt was Delivered to my wife while I was abroad with the Country folks & when I came home she gave it me & I Left it on the table in my room, going out again to draw the Lotts I told Mr Heath there was a Letter for you which I desired him to Send for, and comeing home, I found Letter Ruffled a Litle as if some body had been Endeavouring to see what was in it, which I was very angry at & told my wife of it, thereupon she told me that the person who had Left it had told her there was money in it, which Still the more Encreased my concern, fearing the ruffleing of the Letter was to take the money out, & the rather for that of Late we have mist Sundry moneys that we were certain of, at one time a £ 6 jerseybill, this very Last week two pistols & 12/ a few months agoe there was found in my room a £3-4 bill which my wife knew to be hers which had been dropt by accident by Some body that had stole it, & about a month agoe we mist a bill of £10, these accidents you may Easyly think made me fear the money was taken out of your Letter, wherfore I resolved immediately to Send for M- Heath & to open it in his presence & if taken out immediately to Search every one in the house & Every place in it, but when he came to our Satisfaction it was there Still, this reason I hope will Sufficiently Excuse the opening of it, for while I had room to Suspect the moneys being taken out it would hardly have consisted with honesty to have delivered the Letter, to run a further risque without comeing to the Certainty of the thing

My wife tells me she has given the 14 oz silk to Mr Heath which with her & my Service to Mr. Colden & your self in haste I remain

Yours

JA. ALEXANDER. NEWYORK June 234 1731

(Indorsed]
To CADWALLADER COLDEN Esq'

att Coldingham

From James Alexander

NEWYORK july 34 1731. Dear Sir

on the first instant at 4 in the morning died his Excellency our Governour who yesternight was Buried

My wife was delivered on the first instant at night of a Daughter who I hope is in a good way of Recovery she has gone a full month beyond the time she Expected Mr Heath gave me one from you yesterday the Substance of which I answered by my Last to which referr

What I am now going to tell you will Surprize you as it has done us here viz. that M: Leheup writes to the Speaker on the 8th of May which came Last post via Boston & acquaints him that Letters patent were past the Seals for granting to the Duke of Chandois Micajah Perry & Sundry other great men all the Lands comeing to the Crown from Connecticut by vertue of the Agreement in 1683, if so we must Expect if we would hold it to be at great charge, Equity I conceive must be clear in our favour, & if the patent be before the Surrender by Connecticut the Law will also be so

MClark seems much concerned at it & believes its occasioned by the Same man who Endeavoured to Obstruct here & for reason Says that that Gentleman had some years agoe a Letter from the Duke of Chandois desireing his opinion whether there would be Encouragement for the affrican Company to trade to these plantations

Should these Letters patents happen to be dated between the time of the Surrender & the date of our patent they would have the Law on their Side I am in haste

Yours

JA. ALEXANDER. (Indorsed] To CADWALLADER COLDEN Esq?

Coldingham

From James Alexander.

[Not Dated] Dear Sir

I had the favour of yours incloseing your Letter to Micajah Perry who I Doubt whether he be an antagonist of ours because the name of the Perry who is a patentee of the Equivalent is Jonathan however I will forward it by Dunining who talkt of Sailing the begining of next week

The Small pox have taken from me my Son James & my negro jupiter all the rest of my family I hope are past Danger tho they are afflicted with Boyles, the Small pox was at the height on Sunday Last on the Last of my family, untill which time from the time you Left this place I had my mind wholly taken up in the care of the Sick of my family

Monday Last was the first of my thinking of any business when Mr Smith & I went to Jamaica to meet Mr. Clarke who came here to us, we Communicated to him four points Either of which we conceived intitled us to Relief agt the patent to S: Joseph Eyles tho the Same be dated the 15th of May with which he Declared himself Satisfied that they Showed Sufft cause for Relief we then proposed to enter into the agreement for mutual defense but he made the former Excuse, we proposed to him to take So much of his at the prime cost as to bring Each of us two up Equal to him in quantity & then as we were Equal in quantity to Go Equal in the charge but he declared he would not part with it so cheap nor had he any thoughts of parting with any but he hoped the partners would think it in time proper to permitt him to defend 2000 acres & pay charges accordingly, & perhaps he may not be mistaken

we proposed retaining of Murray for us, as also to State our case home for advice of Council & to retain Some Council at home for us which he approved of, he approved also of your Letter, he thinks it possible the matter may be brought to an amicable conclusion, by undeceiveing the English Grantees as to the great value they have imagined the thing must be of, & that an Equivalent of So much Land they may have granted to them in another place & particularly above Saragtogo, That these means are first to be tryed before bringing any Suit or putting our Selves to charge wherin we conceived he was not much in the wrong, we talkt of getting Connecticut assembly to represent in favour of our grant & of getting all the partners to respresent & Sign their case & the hardships therof which might induce the King to Endeavour to cause the grantees in England accept of other Lands that is the chief of what was talkt of but nothing was put into writting

M: Harrison had kept up M: Clarks Letters from England till Monday Last when as we were going into the ferry boat the Clerk of the Secrys office gave me a Letter which I saw was M. Harrisons writing to deliver to M. Clark which when delivered to M. Clarke he read & it was makeing a Cold Excuse for not Sending the inclosed Letters sooner M° Clark did not open these Letters till most of whats before was talkt & then M' Smith told him that possibly the incloseds might contain Some account of the English patent, whereupon he read them to himself & would talk Litle afterwards but soon Left us & we got home about midnight

the next day Smith & I took the courage to ask M: Harrison for a Coppy of his patent offering him a Coppy of ours or any of our papers he pleased which he assented to give & he accordingly gave it to M: Nichols to coppy for us in whose hands we have read the original & we think as to the boundarys its much better Expressed than well could have been imagined, Its granted upon the petition of the patentees, & they in their petition Suggest many benefites to Brittain by the grant of their request particulary the raiseing of pitch tarr turpintime &c which I believe is a false Suggestion & a Deceit of the King in so far as I cannot Learn that there's any pines upon the Land I should be glad to know of you if there be any & what tract of Ground is pine Land upon it

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