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Enclosed extracts from the Minutes and Proceedings


At a Meeting of His Majesty' s Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, Thursday, March 2d, 1775. Present: Mr˙ Jenyns, Mr˙ Keene, Mr˙ Greville.

The Earl of Dartmouth, one of His Majesty' s principal Secretaries of State attends; also Mr˙ Tryon, Governour of New-York.

Their Lordships took into further consideration the state of the Province of New-York, more particularly in regard to the Lands between the Rivers Hudson and Connecticut, upon which both the Province of New-York, and that of New-Hampshire heretofore claimed a right of jurisdiction; and upon parts of which settlements have been made by grants of the Governours of both Provinces, in some instances,


of the same Land, by means whereof the publick peace hath been disturbed, and the course of publick justice obstructed.

Upon the subject of those claims, it was proposed by Governour Tryon, and agreed to by the Board, that such of the grants made by the Governour of New-Hampshire to the West of Connecticut River as have not yet been confirmed, and do not interfere with any grants made by the Government of New-York, or that of Canada before the conquest, should now be confirmed to the present occupants and possessors, subject to the payment of the quitrent reserved upon all Lands granted in New-York, That with regard to those grants made by the Governour of New-Hampshire, of Lands in those districts, which do either interfere with grants made by the Governour of New-York, or the Governour of Canada before the conquest, it would be advisable to recommend the having some question stated, that should comprehend the whole of the case, so as to include every claim, and an action brought thereupon in the Supreme Court of New-York, upon such grounds that, either by means of special verdict, or upon Some plea of errour, an appeal might lie from the judgment of the said Court to the Governour and Council, and from them to His Majesty in his Privy Council; or otherwise, that the matter should be left to be settled by arbitration, in any mode that should be satisfactory to the different parties.