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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1753-1757
Volume 6, Page 2   View pdf image (33K)
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2 Correspondence of Governor Sharpe.

Letter Bk. I.
tain Head of Potowmack & is to be desired if you could obtain
said Latitude of 39o 56' & His Lordship will even then be a
considerable looser according to his First grant nor will you

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then be within 15 Miles of Philadelphia altho' to the Northwd
of the Latitude thereof.
It is impossible to fix how far North would be a good Bound-
ary for Maryland on Account of the uncertainty of the
Draughts and impracticability of making observations and re-
marks necessary for that Advice. I can only say what you
know that the more Northwd the Better.
The Council came to this Resolution—namely That as so
much will depend on a Northern Line drawn from the Midle
or any other Point of an East and West Line across the Penin-
sula That the most Adviseable Step is to have a due North Line
run from the Midle of the East & West Line already run from
Fenwicks Island to Taylors Island by which this Board will be
better enabled to consider what divisional Line may Affect the
Heads or Navigable Waters of our Rivers or it's intersection
with any East & West Line which may be intended for a
Northern Boundary to this province and a Southern one to
This scheme Mr Emery has "already been endeavouring to
execute by Mr Iennings order and has proceeded (beginning
at the Midle of the said Line from Fenwicks Island) North to
the Latitude of Bohemia River which River he says — His due
North Line leaves a litle to the West as it does also the Navi-
gable part of Sassafras. I sent for this Surveyor to hear what
information He could give me and what was his opinion of the
North Line if continued He says that he believes it will be
West of the 12 miles circle but shall be able to say exactly in .
a Month if not obstructed by the Pensilvanians who I am
informed threaten any one they can catch with any such design
on their setlements with Imprisonments, which Mr Emery is
under great apprehensions of, but returned Yesterday to prose-
cute his work according to the order of Council. What I have
said above is all I have been able to learn of this Affair but
could wish that no Articles be agreed on at least till Mr Jen-
nings arrival who will be able to bring you the plan (which
Mr Emery begun by his order) com pleated. I have sent for
Mr Cressop who lives near Lord Fairfaxes Territories that I
may be well informed of the Boundarys on that side which I
shall take the first opportunity of comunicating. As it is
doubtfull whether Mr Emery could run a Line of such a length
without considerable Variation from his meridian (having only
a small pocket compass to direct him) You will think it proper
to word any Articles so as to secure the said Rivers and make
it an Article That if the said North Line happens to be a

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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1753-1757
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