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SELECTED AND ARRANGED
FROM ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS
IN THE OFFICE OF THE
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH,
CONFORMABLY TO ACTS
FEBRUARY 16, 1851, & MARCH 1, 1852.
COL. JOHN FRANKLIN TO Doc. HAMILTON, 1786.
Armenia, June 8th, 1786. Dr Doctor,
I left Hartford last Week on Wednesday evening, and am now on my Journey to Wyoming. I expect you have received my Letter of the 3d Inst., in which I informed you that Congress have Accepted the Cessions from Connecticut. I expect that to be a Confirmation of our Title. Nothing farther Done in Assembly respecting Wyoming affairs—it's thought best by friends to rest quiet at Present—to hold fast to our Purchase, &c.
I bave been to Windham; Esq. Gray had no Blank Certificates. I send you ten full Shares, from No. 140 to 149 Included. I take a receipt from Esq. Beach, and expect he will take one from you; he will also send you 15 shares, to make 25 in the whole.
Esq. Gray thinks best to issue no more Certificates at Present, as 300 have already been Delivered to the Com'tee. Should it be necessary, others may be Issued hereafter. It's best to take Care how Lands are Desposed of. I expect that many Certificates have been given out that will answer but a small Purpose to the Company. I find that Esq. Gray has given out near 50 half Shares to Persons to repair to Wyoming and Continue three years—that no Condition is mentioned in the Certificate that not more than 7 of those Persons are in that County, which I Conceive to be an argument that it's best to be careful. The 400 half Shares are not alì taken up—it's thought best to fill them-let those that are disposed to become Adventurers have a recommendation to repair to Wyoming, to receive Certificates from the Com’tee on the Spot; which may prevent trouble hereafter. I would wish to have every Plan put in Execution to get on Settlers.
“I hope you will Procure the Physick and Pills you talked of at “ Hartford, and send the same on. I can administer them if Neces
sary, though I have not the Theory of Physick, I Profess to know " something of Practice." By late Accounts from Wyoming I hear that a Justice of Peace, a Sheriff and one other Person as Assistant, all from Sunberry, have lately been in the Settlement to Execute Warrants against those that neglected to give Bail for good Behaviour, but met with Poor Success, that attempting to take one of our Party tbe Sheriff's Bully Presented a Pistol and Demanded a Surrender, but however, the Bully received a fogging, and the whole have returned to Sunberry to make report. As I had the news from a Second hand I cannot give the Particulars. I expect they will use every Plan to execute their Laws; they appear more fond of fighting us with their Law Books than with Rifles, though they appear food of the latter as often as they can find us in a Defenceless Situation, and more especially when they have oply Women and Cbildren to oppose then. I shall make a List of those that have taken Certificates for Rights as soon as may be, after I return, and shall endeavor to let you know the number of those that have taken Certificates from you, and are on the Spot.
I am, Sir, your most Obedient
JOHN FRANKLIN. Directed,
Doct. Joseph Hamilton, City of Hudson, State of N. York.
SECRETARY OF CONGRESS TO PRES. FRANKLIN, 1786.
Office of Secretary of Congress, June 9th, 1786. Sir,
I have the honor to trausmit to your Excellency herewith enclosed two copies of the continuation of the Journal from 3d of March to 2d instant, one for the Legislative, the other for the Executive branch of Goveroment, and also two copies of the treaty of commerce lately concluded between the United States of America and his Majesty the King of Prussia. With the greatest respect, I have the honor to be, Your Excellencys most obedient, & Most humble servant,
CHA. THOMSON. Directed,
His Excellency, the President of Pennsylvania.
DELEGATES IN CONGRESS TO PRES. FRANKLIN, 1786.
New York, 9th June, 1786. Sir,
Yesterday we had the Honour to receive your Excellency's Letter of the 4th Instant. We went to wait on the Governor of this State with the Communications committed to us, but His Excellency tho' daily expected, is not returned from a Journey northward on which he set out some weeks ago.
The Delegates from Connecticut being absent from Congress, we bave transmitted to Mr. Mitchell, one of those Delegates (who we understand to be also a Member of the Legislature and now at Hartford,) a Copy of your Excellency's Letter of the 4th Instant, except the cautionary Part respecting the intercepted Letter--also a Copy of Mr. Shaw's Letter to your Excellency, leaving out the name of the writer of the intercepted Letter, and the name of the Person to whom it was directed.
This morning Dr. Johnson has resumed bis Seat in CongressWe have communicated to him the Contents of your Excellency's Letter & Inclosures. He expresses great Concern that the Distraotions in Pennsylvania are thus Continued, but seems very confident that the State of Copuecticut will discountenance it's Citizens in all farther pursuit of Claims in Pennsylvania other than such as the Laws and Policy of the latter shall warrant. He has not lately been at Hartford where the Legislature are now sitting, but says he is well informed that the Act of Congress respecting their proposed Cession will enable the State to induce the Susquehanna Company to transfer their views from Pennsylvania to a more western Country. This done the Insurgency in Pensa. will probably subside. We have the Honor to be, Your Excellency's most obedient & most humble Servants,
JOHN BAYARD. Directed,
His Excellency, The President of Pennsylvania.
TREATY WITH PRUSSIA, 1786.
The United States of America in Congress assembled. To all to whom these. Presents shall come, Greeting.
Whereas a treaty of amity and commerce, between his majesty the king of Prussia, and the United States of America, was concluded and signed by the plenipotentiaries of the said United States, and by the plenipotentiary of his said majesty, duly and respectively authorised for that purpose, at the places of their respective residence, and at the dates expressed under their several signatures, which said treaty, written both in the American and French languages, is (in the American) in the words following, to wit, A Treaty of Amity and Commerce between bis Majesty the King of
Prussia, and the United States of America.
His majesty the king of Prussia, and the United States of America, desiring to fix, in a permanent and equitable manner, the