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SELECTED AND ARRANGED
FROM ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS
IN THE OFFICE OF THE
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH,
CONFORMABLY TO ACTS
FEBRUARY 15, 1851, & MARCH 1, 1862.
PRINTED BY JOSEPH SEVERNS & CO.
COL. John FRANKLIN TO Doc. HAMILTON, 1786.
Armenia, June 8th, 1786. De 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 Windbam; 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 Decessary, others may be Issued hereafter. It's best to take Care how Lands are Despored 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 balf 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 balf Shares are not all 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 bope you will Procure the Physick and Pills you talked of at Hartford, and send the same on. 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 Executé Warrants against those that neglected to give Bail for good Behaviour, but met with Poor Success, that attempting to take one of our Party the Sheriff's Bully Presented a Pistol and Demanded a Surrender, but however, the Bully received a flogging, and the whole bave returned to Sunberry to make report. As I had the news from a Second hand I cannot give the Particulars. I expect