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J. C. SYMMES's PATENT.
In the name of the United States of America, to all to
wliom these presents shall come :
KNOW YE, that whereas it appears to me, George Washington, President of the said United States, that John Cleves Symmes, in behalf of himself and his associates, in pursuance of a contract, made and executed on the fifieenth day of October, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, between Arthur Lee, Walter Livingston, and Samuel Osgood, commissioners of the board of treasury, and Jonathan Dayton and Daniel Marsh, and the said John Cleves Symmes, hath paid into the treasury of the United States the sum of one hundred and sixty five thousand six hundred and ninety three dollars and forty two cents, in certificates and warrants for military rights to lands : whereby, and by viriue of the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “ An act authorizing the grant and conveyance of certain lands to John Cleves Symmes, and his associates,” passed the fifth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, the said John Cleves Symmes, and his associates, are become entitled to receive from the United States letters patent, granting and conveying to him and them, two hundred and forty eight thousand five hundred and forty acres of land : and whereas, in and by the said contract, it was stipulated and agreed, by and between the said Arthur Lee, Walter Livingston, and Samuel Osgood, commissioners on the part of the United States, and the said Jonathan Dayton and Daniel Marsh, and the said John C. Symmes, that out of each township, which should fall within the grant to be made to the said John Cleves Symmes, and his associates, a reservation should be made to the United States, of the four lots, marked 8, il, 26, and 29, for such purposes, as shall, by the Congress of the United States, be directed; and lot No. 16, for the maintenance of public schools, the same being pursuant to the regulations contained in an ordinance of the Uniied States in Congress assembled, bearing date the twentieth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty five: and where. as, in and by the aforesaid act of Congress of the United States, passed the fifth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and ninety two, the President of the United States was authorized and em.
the boundaries of his patent, (which is included within the boundaries, here described,) the residue of the land reverted to the United States; but a right of preemption was allowed to persons who had made purchases from him, under the expectation that he would fulfil his contract. For these laws, see before under the head of “Special sales-John C. Symmes."
powered by letters palent to grant and convey unto the said John Cleves Symmes, and his associates, their heirs and assigns, in trust for the purpose of establishing an academy, and other public schools and seminaries of learning, one complete township, conformably to an order of Congress, made the second day of Octo. ber, one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven : and whereas, it appears expedient to reserve to the United States, out of the tract of land, hereby intended to be granted, the quantity of fifteen acres of land, for the accommodation of Fort Washington, and the garrison thereof, including the said Fort; and also, a quantity of land, equal to one mile square, at or near the mouth of the Great Miami river, to be located, as hereafter mentioned.
Now these presents testify, that I, the said George Washington, President of the United States, in the name and by the authority of the said United States, in consideration of the premises, in pursuance of the said act of the Congress of the United States, passed the fifth day of May, 1792, and by virtue of the authority thereby in me reposed, have granted and confirmed, and by these presents do grant and confirm, unto the said John Cleves Symmes, and his associates, and to his and their heirs and assigns, all that tract of land, beginning at the mouth of the Great Miami river, and extending from thence along the river Ohio, to the mouth of the Little Miami river, bounded on the south by the said river Ohio, on the west by the said Great Miami river, on the east by the said little river Miami, and on the north by a parallel of latitude, to be run from the said Great Miami river to the said Little Miami river, so as to comprehend the quantity of three hundred and eleven thousand six hundred and eighty-two acres of land, with the appurtenances, reserving to the United States, out of the said tract, the quantity of fifteen acres of land, for the accommodation of Fort Washington, and the garrison thereof, including the space of ground, occupied by the said Fort, to be located in such part of the said tract, and by such person, as the President of the United States shall direct; and also, reserving out of the said tract, a quantity of land, equal to one mile square, at or near the mouth of the said Great Miami river, to be located by such person, as the President of the United States shall appoint for that purpose : provided, that a law be passed by the Congress of the United States to authorize the same, within the space of two years, from and after the date of these presents; and that the President of the said United States, shall appoint a person to make such location, within one year after such law shall be passed, and not otherwise : and provided also, that the same law shall authorize the President of the United States to make, and the President of the United States shall make, and execute to the said John Cleves Symmes, and his associates, their heirs and
s, a grant and release of the aforesaid fifteen acres, reserved for the use and accommodation of Fort Washington, and the garrison thereof; and also reserving to the
said United States, out of each township, contained in the said tract, the following lots, viz: Lot No. 16, for the purposes mentioned and specified in the ordinance of the United States, in Congress assembled, passed on the twentieth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five; lot No. 29, for the purposes of religion ; and lots No. 11, No. 8, and No. 26, for such purposes as the Congress of the United States shall hereafter direct : to have and to hold the said tract of land, bounded and described as aforesaid, with the appurtenances, to the said John Cleves symmes, and his associates, his and their heirs and assigns, to his and their proper use and be hoof forever, according to their respective rights and interests therein; upon this condition, however, and not other., wise, that the said John Cleves Symmes, and his associates, his and their heirs and assigns, shall and do cause the said parallel of latitude, forming the northern boundary of the tract herein before described, to be truly run, surveyed and laid out, and return thereof made to the secretary of the treasury, for the time being, within the space of five years, from and after the date of these presents, otherwise, as well these presents, as the estate hereby granted, shall cease and become void : which parallel of latitude shall be run from certain points or stations, which shall have been ascertained and fixed by Israel Ludlow, upon the said Great and Little Miami rivers, according to a survey by bim made, of the courses of the said rivers, under the direction of the department of the treasury, and heretofore certified to that department, by a certificate, bearing date the twenty-fourth day of March, seventeen hundred and ninety-four, and in pursuance of the said act of the Congress of the United States, herein before mentioned, passed the fifth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two; it is hereby declared, that one complete township or tract of land, of six miles square, to be located with the approbation of the governor, for the time being, of the territory north-west of the river Ohio, and in the manner, and within the term of five years aforesaid, as nearly as may be, in the centre of the tract of land, herein before granted, hath been and is granted, and shall be holden in trust, to and for the sole and exclusive intent and purpose of erecting and establishing therein an academy and other public schools and seminaries of learning, and endowing and supporting the same, and to and for no other use, intent or purpose whatever.
In testimony whereof, I have caused these letters to be made patent, and the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand, at the city of Philadelphia, the thirtieth
day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand (2. s.) seven hundred and ninety-four, and of the independence of the United States of America, the nineteenth.
GEO. WASHINGTON. By the President, EDMUND RANDOLPH.
Indian Deeds to the Minois and Wabash Companies.
TO all people to whom these presents shall come greeting:Know ye, that we, Tomoroa or Gabriel, Pataguage or Michael, Maughquayah or John Baptiste Couroway, Kicounaisa or Fish, and Tontowaraganh or Peter, sometimes called Lacloche or the Bell, Kaskaskias chiefs : Maughquinthepe or Bear's Head, other. wise called the Black Dog, Meinquipaumiah Achisyewah, and Eshawinikiwah Pervariabs and Cahoquias chiefs, chiefs and sa. chems of the different tribes of the Illinois nations of Indians, and being and effectually representing all the tribes of the said Illinois Indians, send greeting :
Whereas, William Murray, of the Illinois country, merchant, one of the grantees hereinafter named, as well for himself, as on the parts and behalfs of the several other grantees, herein also after named, did at several conferences, publicly held with us, the said chiefs and sachems, at Kaskaskias village, in the Illinois country aforesaid, treat and confer with us, the said chiefs and sachems, for the purchase of certain quantities, or tracts of land, belonging and appertaining unto us, and to the several tribes or nations of Indians, whom we represent: And whereas, we the said chiefs and sachems have deliberately and maturely considered for ourselves, and consulted with the natives of our several tribes or nations, of the request and proposals made as aforesaid, by the said William Murray, for himself and others, to us, the said chiefs and sachems : And whereas, we the said chiefs and sachems, as well as the other natives of our several tribes or nations, are fully satisfied and contented (for the consideration hereinafter mention. ed) 10 grant and confirm unto the said William Murray, and to the other grantees, hereinafter named, the several tracts or quan. tities of land, hereinafter bounded and described. Now know ye therefore, that we the said chiefs and sachems, of the several tribes of the Illinois Indians aforesaid, in full and public council assem. bled, at Kaskaskias village aforesaid, for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings to us, in hand paid, by the said William Murray, and for and in consideration of the following goods and merchandize, to us the said Tomaroa, Pataguage, Maughquaquah Couroway, Kicounaisa, Tontowaraganih, Maughquinthepe, Achis. wewah Meinquipaumiaha and Eschawinikiwah, paid and delivered in full council aforesaid. that is to say ; two hundred and sixty strouds, two hundred and fifty blankets, three hundred and fifty shirts, one hundred and fifty pairs of stroud and half thick stockings, one hundred and fifty stroud breech cloaths, tive hundred pounds of gun-powder, four thousand pounds of lead, one groce of knives, thirty pounds of vermilion, two thousand gun Hints, two hundred pounds of brass kettles, two hundred pounds of tobacco, three dozen gilt looking glasses, one groce gun worms, two groce awls, one groce of fire steels, sixteen dozen gartering, ten thousand pounds of four, five hundred bushels of Indian corn, twelve horses, twelve horned cattle, twenty bushels of salt and twenty guns, the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge, have granted, bargained, sold, aliened, released, enfeoffed, ratified and fully confirmed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, alien, release, enfeoff, ratify and fully confirm unto the said Wil. liam Murray, Moses Franks and Jacob Franks, of the city of Lon. don, in the kingdom of Great Britain, Esquires ; David Franks, John Inglis, Bernard Gratz, Michael Gratz, Alexander Ross, David Sproat and James Milligan, all of the city of Philadelphia, in the province of Pennsylvania, merchants ; Moses Franks, of the same city, attorney at law; Andrew Hamilton and William Hamilton, of the same city, gentlemen; Edmund Milne, of the same city, goldsmith and jeweller; Joseph Simons and Levi Andrew Levi, of the town of Lancaster, in the county of Lancaster, and province aforesaid, merchants; Thomas Minshall of York county, and province aforesaid, Esquire ; Robert Callender, and William Thompson, of Cumberland county, and province aforesaid, Esqs.; John Campbell, of Pittsburgh, Westmoreland county, and province aforesaid, merchant; George Castles, of the Illinois country aforesaid, and James Rumsey, late of the same country, merchants, their heirs and assigns, in severalty, or unto his most sacred majesty, George the third, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, and so forth, his heirs and successors, for the use, benefit and behoof of all the said several above named grantees, their heirs and assigns, in severalty as aforesaid, (by which ever of these tenures, the said grantees may most legally hold the same,) the two several tracts or parcels of land, hereinafter described and bounded, viz: One tract or parcel of land, situate, lying and being on the east side of the river Missis. sippi, beginning at the mouth of the Heron creek, called by the French the river of Mary, being about a league below the mouth of the Kaskaskias river; thence, a northward of east course, in a direct line back to the Hilly Plains, eight leagues or thereabouts, be the same more or less; thence, the same course, in a direct line to the Crab Tree Plains, seventeen leagues or thereabouts, be the same more or less ; thence, the same course in a direct line to a re. markable place, known by the name of the Big Buffaloe Hoofs, seventeen leagues or thereabouts, be the same more or less ; thence, the same course in a direct line to the Salt Lick creek, about seven leagues, be the same more or less; thence, crossing the said creek, about one league below the ancient Shawnese town,