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by the Duke of York to Lord John Berkeley and Sir George Carteret, two months before the setting out of his expedition to take possession of New York.
The following extract from. that grant defines the boundaries : 78 all that tract of land adjacent to New England, and lying and being to the westward of Long Island and Manbitas Island, and bounded on the east part by the main sea and part by Hudson's river, and hath upon the west Delaware bay or river, and extended southward to the main ocean as far as Cape May, at the mouth of the Delaware' bay, and to the northward as far as the northerniost branch of the said bay or river of Delaware, which is forty-one degrees and forty minutes of latitude," and crosseth over thence in a straight line to Hudson's river, in forty-one degree of latitude; which said tract of land is hereafter to be called by the pame or names of New Caeserea or New Jersey.
In March, 1673, Lord Berkeley sold his undivided moiety of New Jersey to John Fenwick, by whom, in the following year, it was again gold. On July 1, 1676, was executed the famous “Quintipartite deed” by which the eastern part was given to Sir George Carteret, to be called east New Jersey, and the western part to William Penn and other proprietors, to be called west New Jersey. Sir George Carteret, at his death in 1678, left his land to be sold. It was sold in 1682 to the 12 proprietors, who admitted other partners.
Confirmation grants were made to the proprietors of both Provinces by the Duke of York and confirmed by the King, but between 1697 and 1701 the proprietors repeatedly made petitions to be allowed to surrender their right of government to the Crown. In 1702 the surrender was made and was accepted by Queen Anne, and the two parts were united and made the province of New Jersey.
For the history of the northern and eastern boundaries see New York, pages 96-99.
The grant from the Duke of York to Berkeley and Carteret defined the west boundary of New Jersey to be Delaware River (see above).
The line between New Jersey and Delaware is thus described in the Revised Statutes of Delaware:
Low-water mark on the eastern side of the river Delaware, within the twelvemile circle from New Castle and the middle of the bay, below said circle.
In 1876 the Legislature of New Jersey authorized the governor to commence a suit in the Supreme Court of the United States to settle the boundary between New Jersey and Delaware. New Jersey claimed jurisdiction to the middle of the Delaware, so far as the river and bay is a boundary between the two States.s0 The suit com
78 Thorpe, F. N., op. cit., vol. 5, p. 2534.
79 This point, now called the Tri-State Rock, has since been found to be at latitude 41° 21' 22.6'' and longitude 74° 41' 40.7''.
80 Laws of the State of New Jersey, revised, p. 57, Trenton, 1821.
menced under this act was “dismissed without prejudice," April, 1917.81
In 1783 commissioners were appointed by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to settle the jurisdiction of Delaware River and the islands within it. Their report was ratified and is in part as follows:
First. It is declared that the river Delaware from the station point or northwest corner of New Jersey, northerly to the place upon the said river where the circular boundary of the State of Delaware toucheth upon the same, in the whole length and breadth thereof, is and shall continue to be and remain a common highway, equally free and open for the use, benefit, and advantage of the said contracting parties, etc.
Secondly. That each State shall enjoy and exercise a concurrent jurisdiction, within and upon the water, and not upon the dry land between the shores of said river.
The rule laid down in the act of December 5, 1782, for apportioning the islands was that they should be assigned to the State to which such insulated dry land doth lie nearest, at the time of making and executing this agreement; and that all other islands within said river between the falls of Trenton and the State of Delaware, which are not hereinafter particularly enumerated, shall be hereafter deemed and considered as parts and parcels of the State, to which such island doth lie nearest at the date hereof; islands hereafter formed
shall be classed and annexed
* according to the same principal. Biles Island, near Trenton; Windmill Island, opposite Philadelphia; League Island, Mud or Fort Island, Hog Island, and little Tinicum Island were assigned to Pennsylvania. To New Jersey were given Biddles or Newbolds, Burlington, Pettys, Red Bank, Harmanus, Helms, Chester, and Shiversis islands.84
In 1786 commissioners were appointed by New Jersey and PennsylFania for more accurately determining and describing the islands mentioned in the foregoing agreement—that is, those in the Delaware from the northwest corner of New Jersey down to the falls of Trenton. Their report was ratified, and numerous islands designat d by Came in the act were annexed to each State.85
The Swedish West India Co., chartered by the King of Sweden in 1625, established the first perman nt settlement on the west bank of the Delaware, occupying a part of the territory now in Pennsylvania and Delaware, although the Dutch had previously established trading posts, which had been destroyed by the Indians. The Swedes acquired, by successive purchases from the Indian chiefs, all the land extending from Cape Henlopen to the great falls of the Delaware and called it New Sweden. In 1655 this territory was surrendered to the Dutch.86
* 205 U. S. 550. * Revision of the Statutes of New Jersey, pp. 1181–1182, Trenton, 1877. * This is a mistake. The line runs south. * Revision of the statutes of New Jersey, pp. 1181-1182, Trenton, 1877. There is a brief description of the boundaries in New Jersey State Geologist Final Dept., vol. 4, appendix, Trenton, 1898.
By the conquest of the New Netherlands, in 1664, the Duke of York seems to have claimed successfully the settlements on the west bank of the Delaware as part of his dominions.
In 1681 Charles II of England granted to William Penn the Province of Pennsylvania. The following extract from the charter defines the boundaries : 87 all that Tract or Parte of Land in America, with all the Islands therein conteyned, as the same is bounded on the East by Delaware River, from twelve miles distance Northwards of New Castle Towne unto the three and fortieth degree of Northerne Latitude, if the said River doeth extende so farre Northwards; But if the said River shall not extend soe farre Northward, then by the said River sve farr as it doth extend; and from the head of the said River the Easterne Bounds are to bee determined by a Meridian Line, to bee drawne from the head of the said River, unto the said three and fortieth Degree. The said Lands to extend westwards five degrees in longitude, to bee computed from the said Easterne Bounds; and the said Lands to bee bounded on the North by the beginning of the three and fortieth degree of Northern Latitude, and on the South by a Circle drawne at twelve miles distance from New Castle Northward and Westward unto the beginning of the fortieth degree of Northern Latitude, and thence by a streight Line Westward to the Limitt of Longitude above mentioned.
The following explanation regarding the use of the word “ beginning "in connection with degrees of latitude in this grant is given by Donaldson : 88
It should be observed that the geographers of that day considered degrees of latitude as zones taking designation from their northern parallels; hence the north boundary of Pennsylvania, designated as the beginning of the forty-third degree, is really the forty-second parallel. The south boundary, being the beginning of the fortieth degree, was really the thirty-ninth parallel, a construction for which Penn earnestly contended in his dispute with Lord Baltimore in relation to the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Sumner W. Cushing 89 says: “The idea of a parallel of latitude seems to be a band about the earth parallel to the Equator and one degree wide, with the beginning' nearest the Equator."
The grant to William Penn included a large tract of land in the northeastern part of the present State of Pennsylvania, generally referred to as the Wyoming Valley, which was claimed by Connec
56 Hazard, Samuel, Annals of Pennsylvania, p. 185, Philadelphia, 1850. 87 Thorpe, F. N., op. cit., vol. 5, p. 3036.
88 Donaldson, Thomas, The public domain, its history with statistics, p. 46, Washington, 1884.
* Assoc. Am. Geographers Annals, vol. 10, p. 33, 1920.
ticut under its charter of 1662. (See fig. 8.) The Indian title to this land was transferred to settlers from Connecticut by deed dated July 11, 1754, wherein the area was thus described : 90
Beginning from the one and fortieth degree of north latitude, at ten miles distance east of Susquehanna River, and from thence, with a northerly line ten miles east of the river, to the forty-second, or beginning of the forty-third degree of north latitude, and to extend west two degrees of longitude, one hundred and twenty miles, and from thence south to the beginning of the forty-second degree, and from thence east to the aforementioned bounds
This area was organized by Connecticut in 1776 as the county of Westmoreland. The conflicting claims of Connecticut and Pennsyl
vania to this land were for many years a cause of dispute, and several. battles were fought for its possession, but a court of arbitration appointed by the Continental Congress awarded it to Pennsylvania
For a history of the northern and eastern boundaries of Pennsylvania see New York, pages 100—101, and New Jersey, page 103.
That part of the southern boundary of Pennsylvania which separates Pennsylvania from Delaware, as defined by the charter of 1681, is an arc of a circle of 12 miles radius, having New Castle, Del., as its center. This line was surveyed and marked in 1701 under a warrant from William Penn.
According to the original grant of 1681, the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland was to be the “ beginning of the fortieth
*Miner, W. P., History of Wyoming, p. 69, Philadelphia, 1845. See also Stone, W. L., Poetry and history of Wyoming, 2d ed., appendix, New York, 1844.
degree of northern latitude," or what we would now call the thirtyninth parallel of latitude. (See p. 104.) This boundary was for many years in dispute, Lord Baltimore claiming the country along Delaware Bay and River to the mouth of the Schuylkill, which was also claimed by the Duke of York under his grant of 1664. William Penn, in 1682, obtained from the Duke of York a release of his claim, but not until 1760 was an agreement reached with Maryland. Commissioners were appointed in 1732 and again in 1739 to run the line, but they failed to agree, and chancery suits were the result. Finally a decision of Lord Chancellor Hardwick in 1750 was taken as a basis for adjudication, and an agreement was signed July 4, 1760, by which the line between Pennsylvania on the one part and Delaware and Maryland on the other was to be determined as follows:
A due east-west line was to be run across the peninsula from Cape Henlopen to Chesapeake Bay. From the exact middle of this line a line was to be drawn north which would be tangent to the western arc of a circle having a radius of 12 English statute miles measured horizontally from the center of the town of New Castle. From the tangent point a line was to be drawn due north until it intersected a parallel of latitude 15 miles due south of the southernmost part of the city of Philadelphia. This point of intersection would be the northeast corner of Maryland, and from it the line was to run west on a parallel as far as it formed the boundary between the two Provinces.
In 1760 commissioners and surveyors were appointed, who spent two or three years in measuring the base line and the tangent line between Maryland and Delaware. The proprietors became wearied with the delay and sent from England two famous mathematicians, Jeremiah Mason and Charles Dixon, who verified the work of their predecessors and ran the line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, " ever since called the “Mason and Dixon line" and probably the most
widely known State boundary in the United States. (See fig. 8.) Mason and Dixon determined the latitude of this line, which they located 15 miles south of Philadelphia, to be 39° 43' 17.6''. That they were skilled and did their work carefully is shown by the fact that by the resurvey, made 130 years later with modern instruments and methods, the position found for the line at the northeast corner of Maryland differed only 2.3'' from that determined by them. The later position is 39° 43' 19.91". (See p. 111.)
Mason and Dixon began work on this line in 1763 but were stopped by Indians in 1767, after having run the line about 244 iniles west of the Delaware (230 miles 18 chains 21 links from the northeast corner of Maryland) and thus not quite finishing the work as