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of that Town would be now in a peaceable and Flourishing Condition.
No 41. An Act to appoint commissioners to settle a
Line or Lines of Jurisdiction between this Colony
and the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
Be it Enacted by His Excellency the Governor with the Council and the General Assembly and it is hereby enacted by Authority of the same that The Honb! John Watts The Hon! William Smith, The Honb! Rob: R. Livingston and William Nicoll Esquires shall be commissioners on the Part of this colony who shall be commissioned by the Gov! or Commander in Chief for the time being and who shall have full power and are here by authorised to meet with the commissaries who are or may be appointed in in like manner authorised and empowered by the Gov. Council and General Court or Assembly of the Massachusetts Bay, at such time or times place or places as shall be agreed upon and determined by the Governors or Commanders in Chief for the time being of this Colony and the province of the Massachusetts Bay then and there to agree upon a line or lines of Future Jurisdiction between the said province of the Massachusetts Bay and this Colony, on the Easterly part of this Colony to begin at the southern corner of the Province of New Hampshire, on the West Bank of Connecticut River, and from Thence in such manner and by such line or lines as shall be found Eligible, with Due regards to the Rights of this Colony to the Colony of Connecticut, the Governor or Commander in Chief of this Colony for the time being and the Gov! of the said Province being present and such line or lines so agreed upon and approved of And consented to by the said Governor or Commander in Chief of this Colony, and the Gover of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay for the time Being shall be presented by the said Governors respectively to His Majesty for his Royal approbation, and being Ratified and confirmed by His Majesty shall at all times thereafter be
the Line or Lines of Jurisdiction between this Colony and the Province of the Massachusetts Bay the True and Real extent or Boundary of this Colony by the Royal Grants or any Law, Act, Declaration or Ordinance to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding
And Be it Further Enacted by the same authority that after such Line or Lines shall be so agreed upon approved ratified and confirmed the Commissaries appointed by this Act are hereby authorised and empowered to employ a surveyor or surveyors, chain bearers, and such and so many other persons as may be found necessary to perform the Executive Part in Running marking and ascertaining the said line or Lines in conjunction with such as may be appointed on the part of the said Province of The Massachusetts Bay for that purpose.
And to the Intent that the good ends of this act may not be defeated by the Death sickness or unavoidable absence of either of the commissaries above named
Be it Enacted by the same authority that in case any such accident happening to any of the commissaries the major part of said commissaries or the survivors, and survivor of them, shall and may execute and perform all such acts as they may conceive necessary and expedient for settling the said Line or Lines of Jurisdiction between this colony, and the Province above-mentioned, and that as fully to all intents and purposes aforementioned, as all the commissaries could or might execute and perform the same City of New York 8!! March 1773.
I assent to this Bill enacting the same and order it to be enrolled
(Note) The above assent City of New York the 26 should have been entered Day February 1773 in the after the passing by the thirteenth year of his Ma
council as the date of the jesty's Reign General Order of Transactions will Assembly for the Colony shew, but the form through of New York, this Bill which it passed the Coun- having been read three cil are indorsed and the times Resolved That the passing by the Go! is at Bill do Pass the foot of the Bill which occasioned the mistake in John CRUGER Speaker copying
Assembly chamber City of New York Die Veneris the 26" Day of February 1773 this Bill being passed, Ordered that Co! Ten Broek and Colo! Wells do carry this Bill To the council and desire their Concurrence thereto By Order of the General Assembly
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Council Chamber City of New York 26" Februk 1773 this Bill was then read the first time and Ordered a second reading March 2d Read the Second time and ordered to be committed, Reported without Amendment and ordered a third reading March 34 Read the third time and passed
Gw. BANYAR, Dep Sec.
N° 42. [Seal] George the third, by the grace of God of
Great Britain France and Ireland, King defender of the faith, &c.
To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern Greeting—Know Ye that among the records remaining in our Secretary's office of our province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, we have inspected a certain Act of the Governor Councill and general Assembly of our said province there enrolled passed the twenty fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy two and in the twelfth year of our reign, the tenor whereof fol. lows in these words, An Act to appoint Commissaries
to settle a line of Jurisdiction between this Province and the province of New York, Be it Enacted by the Go! Council and House of Representatives that William Brattle, Joseph Hawley, John Hancock Esquires, shall be Commissaries on the Part of this Province who shall be commissionated by the Governor, and who shall have full powers and who are hereby authorized to meet with Commissaries who are or may be appointed and in the like manner authorised and empowered by the Go Council and General Assembly of the Province of New York at such Time or Times Place or Places as shall be agreed upon by the Gov! of this Province, and the Governor of the Province of New York, then and there to agree upon a line of Future Jurisdiction betwen the said Provinces on the Easterly part of the said province of New York, and from the South to the North Boundaries of this Province, the Governors aforesaid being present and such Line agreed upon approved of and consented shall be presented by the Governors respectively to His Majesty for His Royal approbation, and being Ratified and Confirmed by His Majesty shall at all Times hereafter be the Line of Juris. diction between This Province, and the Province of New York, in all and every part or Place where the said Province of New York on its Eastern Boundary shall adjoin on this Province, the True and Real extent or Boundary of this Province By the Royal Charter being in any wise to the Contrary notwithstanding. And be it Further Enacted that after such line shall be so agreed upon and approved of ratified and Confirmed the comunissaries appointed by this Act are hereby authorised and empowered to employ a Surveyor or Surveyors Chainbearers and such and so many other persons that may be found necessary to perform the executive part, to run mark and ascertain the said Line in conjunction with such as may be appointed by the Province of New York, for that purpose.
AM which we have caused to be exemplified by these presents, In Testimony wherof we have caused these our
letters to be made Patent and the great Seal of our Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England to be threunto affixed witness our trusty and well beloved Thomas Hutchinson Esquire our Captain General and Govornor in Chief in and over our Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England and Vice Admiral of the same, at the Council Chamber in Boston the fifth Day of May in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred seventy three and of our Reign the Thirteenth. By His Excellency's Command
Thomas FLUCKER Secr?
NO 43. (Seal) Thomas Hutchinson Esquire Captain Gen!
and Governor in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England
and vice Admiral of the sameTo William Brattle, Joseph Hawley and John Han
cock Esquires Greeting Whereas the great and general court or Assembly of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay above said did at their Session, begun and held at Cambridge in April last make choice of William Brattle Joseph Hawley and John Hancock Esq? as commissaries on the Part of said province to act in conjunction with such persons as may be appointed by the Government of New York, for settling the Boundary Line between the two prorinces, and did desire I would commissionate them för that purpose aforesaid
I do therefore commissionate by these Presents and empower you the said William Brattle, Joseph Hawley, and John Hancock Esq' on the part of this Government, to meet, and act in conjunction, with such persons as may be appointed by the Government of New York in settling the Boundary line as aforesaid between the Two Provinces,
In. Testimony whereof I have caused the public Seal of the province of Massachusetts Bay aforesaid to be hereunto affixed. Dated at Boston the twenty ninth