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A PLOT OR MAP OF A TRACT OF 69,000 ACRES OF LAND GRANTED FEB. 3RD, 1770 BY LETTERS PATENT TO CHARLES READE, ESQ. & OTHERS IN THE COUNTY OF TYRON PROVENCE OF NEW YORK
VG/--. 1770. Manuscript. 14 3/4" X 23 1/2" on linen using black and red ink. Many readable names include Thomas, Sara, Susan and Theo Wharton; Richard, John, Wm. Lovette Smith; Gouvener Franklin, Alexander Wallace, Henry Hill, John Richardson, Samuel P. Moore, Richard Willis, Arion Bradford. The major boundary is the Susquehanna River with streams coming from the north such as Unadilla Creek, Otsdawa Creek, Otego Creek, and Charlotte River. This area is around the present day location of Oneonta, New York. On November 5, 1768 Sir William Johnson signed a treaty with the Five Nations over the vast territory, including part of New York, was obtained by purchase from the Indians. "Following this real estate transfer - one of the largest in early American history - the business of obtain land patents throve with renewed energy." "Th many patents that were granted in 1770 show how quickly the English availed themselves of the opportunity to acquire land after the treaty of Fort Stanwix was ratified. Among the patents were those of Leonard Lispenard, Robert and William Edmeston, Peter Middleton and Clotworth Upton, on the Unadilla River; The Otego tract of 69,000 acres to Charles Reade, Thomas Wharton, William Trent, Richard Smith and others … These tracts, varying in size from 2,000 to 40,000 acres, were surveyed, divided, subdivided and sold to different proprietors, so that when they came into the possession of actual settlers very few were conveyed by the original patentees. Since most of the patents were obtained solely for the purpose of land speculation, but few of the original patentees continued to hold them long … The public domain continued to be the prey of land speculators until the end of the colonial period" Reference - Volume V, pages 107-113 History of the State of New York in 10 volumes edited by Alexander C. Flick. . Previously folded, but in very good condition. .
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