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advantages to the same belonging, for and during the time limited by the Constitution and Laws of our said State.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these our Letters to be
made Patent, and the Great Seal of our said State to be hereunto L. 8. affixed. Witness, Horatio Seymour, Governor of our said State,
at our City of Albany, the eleventh day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three.
HORATIO SEYMOUR. Attested by
HENRY S. RANDALL, Secretary of State. Commissions by the Governor, in Office of Sec'y of State, ii, 339.
[RECORDS UPON "A MAP OF A SURVEY OF Boston CORNER.”]
1853. Made under the direction of John Z. Goodrich and Russell G. Dorr Commissioners appointed by the States of Massachusetts and New York respectively. And the said Commissioners hereby Certify to its correctness, and to the establishment of the lines as therein designated
J. Z. GOODRICH of Mass
Beginning at a heap of stones piled about 4 feet high and about 5 feet in diameter at the base lying in a small valley at the western foot of one of the highest peaks of the Taconic mountains and N Westerly from two fish lakes lying in a greater valley in Salisbury (known as the Connecticut monument) standing in the South Boundary line of Massachusetts and the north west corner of Connecticut and north east corner of Dutchess county, which monument was established by Commissioners in 1731 — Run thence along the south bounds of Massachusetts in a direct line to the North West corner of the “Oblong” or “Equivalent Lands” and monument established by U.S. Commissioners in 1787, and at which stands a marble post. At the distance of 0.87 passed over the Eastern Edge of a small ledge, dist 9.10. passed centre of Ryan Bush Road, dist 16.83 passed 0.40 links south of a small knob or ledge at the foot of the eastern slope of Western mt Dist 25.60 came to eastern water edge of a small pond near the top of the West mt Dis 26.25 to Western Water Edge passing it near the N. end, Dis 29.92 passed through a cleft in a boulder lying on the top of the Mt about 5 feet high. Dis. 30.51 reached the extreme heighth of the Western Range. took observation and found this line to range by the magnetic needle N
81°. 44'. 58" W. At this point caused to be placed in the rock at a permanent depth an iron bar about 14 inches in diameter and one foot long. Iron pin on the Alandar Mt hereinafter referred to bears N 70.58'. 56" W. At the distance of 40 chains or “One hundred and Sixty Rods” established the S. E. corner of Boston corner and placed a marble post marked on the S & W sides “NY” on the E side “MS” and on the N side “1853.” Thence to the eastern line of New York in the direction of “the Grant line” by the true meridian N 12°. 57'. 16' W 207.49. On this line Dist 199.98 reached the brow of the Alander Mt at the centre Knob and at the head of “Blancher Hollow" having the appearance from the South of a fortress and which from that circumstance has been named “Fort Division.” Dist 200.19 on the top of the mountain caused to be placed an iron pin similar to the one before described. At the State line placed a marble Post marked on the East side “MS” on the west side “N. Y” and on the south side “1853.' No certain Boundary is known on this line nearer than the one apon the brow of Cedar mountain erected by the U S. commissioners in 1787 about 27 miles northerly. This point in the State line was determined by running a direct line from that Monument to the one at the North West corner of the “ Oblong" and South West corner of Massachusetts. Dist in the East line 93.60 southerly from this point at the “Roberts Road” placed a Marble post marked on the East side “MS” on the West “NY” and on the south “JTH” thence on the old state line to NW corner of “oblong” S 15° 12' 09" W 207.98%. Dist 127.85 came to stone wall over the brook known as “Roberts Run" on the west side of road at the foot of the Mt. This point is the angle of fence and on line of fence in improved fields and known as the line since run in 1787 Thence to the place of beginning S 89°, 08'. 41' E 101.06 to the Marble Post at S. E angle. Dist 62.00 came to the foot of the Mt At the NW corner of the “Oblong” the Magnetic needle indicated the West line at N 22°. 51'. 09" E. and the South line at S. 81°. 29'. 41" E. The needle varies much at different points on the survey occasioned probably by large deposites of Iron ore in and along the sides of the mountain. — The same line run by the needle will be run in as many directions as the places selected for the location of the Compass. The angles in the above survey were taken with a Theodolite, and the variation given in the map is the one ascertained at the N W corner of the “Oblong. "
This course and distance is the new portion of the State boundary line, as established in connection with the cession of the Boston Corner. The point of intersection of this line with the original one of 1788, seems to be near the site of the second transit post, shown in the foregoing “Plan of the Line," p. 216, being 207.98* chains, or a little more than 27 miles from the south end of the original line.—[P.
The measurements given are horizontal and those of the boundary lines were ascertained by careful angulation.
N B. The South line of survey and North line of Dutchess County is North of West and not South as recited in the “N Y Statutes." The East State line is given in the same Statute as the needle pointed in 1787, whereas it was given by the Commissioners according to the true Meridian. The survey of 1731 was doubtless affected by local attraction, and as no place was given at which the compass was placed, it is impossible to run the line except by the monuments then established Dec 20th 1853
Secretary of State
Portfolio Map No. 376, in office of N. Y. Sec'y of State.
[IN U. S. CONGRESS.
January 3, 1855. Whereas,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the consent of the Congress of the United States be, and the same is hereby, given to said cession and annexation. -[U. S. Statutes at Large, x, 602.
The concluding formality in the cession of the Boston Corner, was the proclamation by the Governor of Massachusetts, required by the statutes of both States, which was made January 11, 1855, as ascertained by reference to the records in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The STATE OF NEW YORK, In Account Current with GERARD
£ s. d.
1785. To cash, paid the Commissioners for managing
the Massachusetts controversy, respecting the }
Western territory 1786. To ditto, paid (as above]
To ditto, to the Pennsylvania line Commissioners
1,000 0 0
To ditto, to the Pennsylvania line Commissioners,
500 0 0
To ditto, to the Commissioners for running the
Massachusetts line, -[Assembly Journal, 11th session, 1788, pp. 18, 20, 22.
1788. To Commissioners for running the Pennsylvania
£2,111 18 6
Commissioners for running the Massachusetts
line, - [Idem, 12th session, 1788–9, p. 56.
1789. Paid Commissioners for managing the contro
versy with Massachusetts, respecting the
western territory, -[Idem, 13th session, 2d meeting, 1790, p. 8.
£1,357 16 10
Passed April 14, 1855.
§ 1. The treasurer shall pay *
To Russell G. Dorr, for his services, expenses, and disbursements, as commissioner of this State, pursuant to section three, chapter five hundred and eighty-six, laws of eighteen hundred and fifty-three, relating to Boston Corners, seven hundred and ninety-six dollars and eighty cents.
-[N. Y. Laws, 1855, p. 1015.
DETERMINATION OF THE NEW YORK AND CONNECTICUT
JOINT BOUNDARY LINE.
ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT Made and concluded at Hartford, upon Conecticott, Sept. 19, 1650,
betwixt the delegates of the Honored Commissioners of the United English Colonies, and the delegates of Peter Stuyvesant, Governorgeneral of New Netherland.
Concerning the Bounds and Limits betwixt the English United Colonies and the Dutch Province of New Netherland, We agree and determine as followeth :
Firstly, That upon Long Island a line run from the westernmost part of Oyster Bay, so, and in a straight and direct line, to the sea, shall be the bounds betwixt the English and Dutch there; the easterly part to belong to the English, the westernmost part to the Dutch.
Secondly, The bounds upon the main to begin at the west side of Greenwich Bay, being about four miles from Stamford, and so to run a northerly line twenty miles up into the country, and after as it shall be agreed by the two governments, of the Dutch and of New Haven, provided the said line come not within ten miles of Hudson River; and it is agreed that the Dutch shall not at any time hereafter build any house or habitation within six miles of the said line. The inhabitants of Greenwich to remain, till further consideration thereof be had, under the government of the Dutch.
Thirdly, That the Dutch shall hold and enjoy all the lands in Hartford that they are actually possessed of, known or set out by certain marks and bounds, and all the remainder of the said land on both sides Conecticott River to be and remain to the English there.
And it is agreed that the aforesaid bounds and limits, both upon the Island and Main, shall be observed and kept inviolate both by the English of the United Colonies, and all the nation, without any encroachment or molestation, until a full and final determination be agreed upon in Europe, by the mutual consent of the two States of England and Holland.