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Documents relating to the controversy with New-York and New-

Hampshire, and the admission of Vermont into the Union, ---------------        8

Journal of the Council of Safety,-----------------------------------------    197

Extracts from the early journal of the Governor and Council,-------------    237

First Constitution, -------------------------------------------------------    241

Journal of the General Assembly, — March Session, 1778,  --------------  257

      "                     "                    June Session,     1778, -----------------    268

      "                     "                    October Session,  1778,  --------------     275

Laws, passed Feb. session, 1779,----------------------------------------   287

      "      "     June session,   "  -------------------------------------------    389

      "      "     Oct. session,   "  --------------------------------------------   391

      "      "     March session, 1780,-------------------------------------- -   395

      "      "     Oct. session,   "  -------------------------------------------    398

      "      "     Feb. session, 1781,-----------------------------------------    421

      "      "     April session,   "  -------------------------------------------    424

      "      "     June session,   "  -------------------------------------------    430

      "      "     Oct. session,   "  -------------------------------------------    439

      "      "     Feb. session, 1782,-----------------------------------------    444

      "      "     June session,   "  -------------------------------------------    449

      "      "     Oct. session,   "  -------------------------------------------    456

      "      "     Feb. session, 1783,-----------------------------------------    467

      "      "     Oct. session,   "  -------------------------------------------    472

      "      "     Feb. session, 1784, ----------------------------------------    483

      "      "     Oct. session,   "  -------------------------------------------    491

      "      "     June session, 1785,-----------------------------------------    497

      "      "     Oct. session,   "  -------------------------------------------    500

      "      "     Oct. session, 1786,-----------------------------------------    504

Resolutions of the first Council of Censors,-------------------------------    511

Constitution, as revised by the first Council of Censors,------------------    516

Address of the first Council of Censors, to the freemen, -----------------    531

Proceedings of the second Council of Censors, --------------------------    545

Records of the Supreme Court,------------------------------------------    549

Proclamation of pardon, June 1779,-------------------------------------    556

Governor's speech, Oct. 1779,------------------------------------------    558

Commission of Confiscation,---------------------------------------------    560

Order of Court of Confiscation,------------------------------------------    562

Writ of seizin, issued by Court of Confiscation,---------------------------    562

Ethan's Allen's complaint to Court of Confiscation,-----------------------    563

List of Governors of Vermont, from 1778 to 1822, ----------------------    564

List of Judges of Supreme Court, from 1778 to 1822, -------------------    564

List of Senators in the Congress of the U. S. from 1791 to 1822, --------    566

List of Representatives to Congress, from 1791 to 1822,----------------    566

Ancient inscription,------------------------------------------------------    568

 

 

 

 

                                                 INDEX

 

    TO THE DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE CONTROVERSY WITH

 

          NEW-YORK AND NEW-HAMPSHIRE, AND THE ADMISSION

 

                              OF VERMONT INTO THE UNION.

 

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Correspondence between the Governors of New-Hampshire and

New-York, relative to the jurisdiction of those provinces,

commencing ............................................................... November, 1749,         10

List of grants made by the Governor of New-Hampshire, west

of Connecticut river, previous to the year 1765, .....................................          13

Grant from Charles II to the Duke of York, by virtue of which

the territory called the New-Hampshire grants, was originally

claimed by the province of New-York, ..................................................          16

Proclamation of the Governor of New-Hampshire, asserting the

claim of that province to the grants, west of Connecticut

river, ..............................................................................  March, 1764,         17

Order of the King in Council, establishing the west bank of

Con­necticut river as the boundary between the provinces of

New‑York and New-Hampshire, .........................................  July, 1764,         19

Order of the King in Council, prohibiting the Governor of New-York

from making grants of land in the disputed

territory, .............................................................................  July, 1767,         20

Continuance of grants by the Governor of New-York, and violent

proceedings, thereupon, ........................................................................          21

Communication from the Governor of New-York to the inhabitants

of Bennington and its vicinity, ..............................................  May, 1772,         22

Answer of the inhabitants of Bennington, &c. to the foregoing

communication, ..................................................................  June, 1772,         23

Communication of Ethan Allen, Seth Warner, Remember Baker

and R. Cochran, to the Governor of New-York, .................... June, 1772,         24

Order of Governor of New-York, suspending prosecutions in behalf

of the crown, against the inhabitants of the New-Hamp‑

shire grants, ........................................................................................          29

Communication of the Governor of New-York to the inhabitants

of Bennington and the adjacent country, relative to their

dispossessing certain settlers in the vicinity of Otter Creek,

claiming under grants from New-York, ...............................  Augt. 1772,         29

Answer to the foregoing communication, .................................  Augt. 1772,         30

Report of the Lords of trade to his Majesty's Privy Council, on

the subject of this controversy, ............................................  Dec. 1772,         33

Review of the controversy, — violent proceedings on the New-Hampshire

grants, ................................................................................................          35

Violent proceedings of the General Assembly of

New-York, ..................................................................  February, 1774,         37

Meetings and resolutions of committees from sundry towns on

the New-Hampshire grants, ................................................  April, 1774,         38

 

 

 

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Act of the Legislature of New-York, "for preventing tumultuous

and riotous assemblies" on the New-Hampshire grants, "and

for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters"

passed, ...........................................................................  March, 1774,         42

Spirited remonstrance of Ethan Allen, Seth Warner and others,

against the proceedings of New York, .................................  April, 1774,         49

Proceedings in the county of Cumberland, and massacre at the

Court House, in Westminster, ...........................................  March, 1775,         55

Proceedings at a meeting of committees from sundry towns, on

the east side of the mountains, held at Westminster, evincing

their determination to resist the administration of New-

York, ................................................................................  April, 1775,         60

Petition and remonstrance to the Continental Congress, of

Representatives from the towns on the New-Hampshire grants,

against the proceedings of New-York, praying for permission

to do duty in the continental service, independent of

New-York, ...................................................................  January, 1776,         61

Resolutions of Congress on the subject of the foregoing petition, ..................          64

Proceedings of the Convention which declared the independence

of the New-Hampshire grants, at their sessions at Dorset,

Sept. 25,1776, and Westminster, January 15, 1777, together

with that declaration, ............................................................................          66

Declaration and petition of the inhabitants of the New-Hampshire

grants, to the Continental Congress, announcing the district

to be a free and independent State, .......................................................          70

Letters front the President of the Convention of New-York, to

the President of Congress, relative to the assumed

independence of Vermont, ............................  January and March, 1777,         73

Address of Thomas Young of Philadelphia, to the inhabitants of

Vermont, recommending the formation of a Constitution and

the election of Delegates to Congress, .................................  April, 1777,         76

Resolution of the Continental Congress recommending the

assumption and establishment of government in certain cases, ................          77

Letter from the President of the Council of Safety of New-York,

to the President of Congress, relative to the proceedings of

Vermont, ...........................................................................  May, 1777,         77

Resolutions of Congress, on the subject of the assumed

independence of Vermont, ..................................................  June, 1777,         78

Constitution of Vermont formed, ...............................................  July, 1777,         79

Correspondence between the Council of Safety of Vermont and

the Governor of New-Hampshire, relative to the surrender of

the fortress at Tyconderoga, and the exposed state of the

frontier, ..............................................................................  July, 1777,         79

Address of the Council of Safety, to the people of Vermont,

relative to the Constitution, ...........................................  February, 1778,         81

Proclamation of the Governor of New-York, containing certain

overtures to the inhabitants of Vermont, ........................  February, 1778,         82

Answer of E. Allen to the foregoing proclamation, ....................  Augt. 1778,         85

Admission of sixteen towns, east of Connecticut river, into

union with Vermont, ............................................................ June, 1778,         90

 

 

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Communications of the President of New-Hampshire to the

Delegates of that State in Congress, and to the Governor of

Vermont, on the subject of the above union, ........................  Augt. 1778,         90

Appointment of Ethan Allen to repair to Philadelphia to ascertain

the views of Congress relative to Vermont; and his report to

the Legislature, ...................................................................  Oct. 1778,         92

Important proceedings of the Legislature of Vermont relative to

the union, ............................................................................  Oct. 1778,         94

Protest of sundry members of the Legislature against the above

proceedings, in which they renounce all political connection

with the State, .....................................................................  Oct. 1778,       100

Proceedings of a convention of Delegates from sundry towns in

the vicinity of Connecticut river, at Cornish, ..........................  Dec. 1778,       102

Dissolution of the union with the sixteen towns, east of

Connecticut river, ........................................................  February, 1779,      102

Application of sundry inhabitants in the vicinity of Connecticut

river to the Legislature of New-Hampshire, proposing a union

of Vermont with the State of New-Hampshire, .................  March, 1779,       104

Proceedings of the Legislature of New-Hampshire, on the above

application, — claiming jurisdiction over the whole of

Vermont, .............................................................  April and June, 1779,       105

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Cumberland (now Windham)

county, to the Governor of New-York, praying for protection

against the authority of Vermont, .........................................  May, 1779,       106

Communication of the Governor of New-York to the President

of Congress, soliciting the interposition of Congress, in

quieting the disputes relative to the New-Hampshire grants, ..  May, 1779,       108

Appointment by Congress, of a committee to repair to the

New-Hampshire grants for the purpose of effecting a settlement

of the controversy, ..............................................................  June, 1779       108

Certain officers acting under the authority of New-York in the

county of Cumberland, made prisoners, by a force under Ethan

Allen, ..................................................................................................        109

Proceedings of Congress, thereupon, ........................................  June, 1779,       109

Resolutions of Congress, recommending to the States of New-

York, New-Hampshire and Massachusetts to pass laws, refering

to the decision of Congress all controversies, relative to

jurisdiction over the "New-Hampshire grants," and appointing

a time for hearing the same, &c. .........................................  Sept. 1779,       110

Proceedings of the Legislature of Vermont on the subject of the

foregoing resolutions, ...........................................................  Oct. 1779,       113

Communication of the Governor of Vermont to the President of

the Council of Massachusetts, relative to the claim of that

State, to part of the territory of Vermont, ..............................  Oct. 1779,       114

Abstract of "an appeal to the candid and impartial world" by

the Governor and Council of Vermont, .................................  Dec. 1779,       116

Further proceedings of Congress relative to the proposed

reference of the controversy to the arbitrament of that

body, .................................................................................  June, 1780,       117

 

 

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Interesting communication of the Governor of Vermont to the

President of Congress, asserting the right of the State to

independence, and protesting against the authority of

Congress to arbitrate upon the controversy, ...........................  July, 1780,       118

Congress proceed to a hearing of the controversy, and postpone

indefinitely, a decision thereon, ............................................  Sept. 1780,       122

Remonstrance of Ira Allen and Stephen R. Bradley, agents of

Vt. against the proceedings of Congress, .............................  Sept. 1780,       124

Application to the Legislature of Vermont, from a convention

holden at Charleston, for a union of the grants on both sides

of Connecticut river, .......................................................  January 1781,       128

Proceedings of the Legislature of Vermont on the subject of the

above application, which resulted in the assertion of a

jurisdictional claim, indefinitely, east of Connecticut river, ..........  Feb. '81,       128

Negociation, and articles of union agreed upon, between the

Legislature of Vermont, and the Convention holden at

Cornish, by which the New-Hampshire grants, east of

Connecticut river and west of the "Mason line," were

taken into union with Vermont, ......................................  February 1781,       132

List of towns, east of Connecticut river, which acceded to the

above union, ........................................................................................        137

Proceedings of the Legislature of Vermont relative to a union

with a part of the State of New-York, including the articles of

said union, and the names of members from certain towns

in New-York, who thereupon took their seats in the Legislature

of Vermont, .......................................................................  May, 1781,       138

Reflections on the existing state of things, ..................................................        141

Important and interesting negociation with the enemy in

Canada, .......................................................................  1781 and 1782,       142

Appointment of Agents to repair to the American Congress, to

negociate the admission of Vermont into the American

union, .................................................................................  June 1781,       156

Resolutions of Congress appointing a committee to confer with

the agents of Vermont, ..............................................  August 7th, 1781,       157

Conference between the Committee of Congress and the

Agents of Vermont, .............................................................................        158

Resolution of Congress, prescribing as a preliminary to the

recognition of the independence of Vermont, the relinquishment

of her claims of jurisdiction over New-Hampshire and part of

New-York, .............................................................  August 20th, 1781,       159

Proceedings of the Legislature of Vermont, refusing to relinquish

her extended claims of jurisdiction, .......................................  Oct. 1781,       160

Proceedings of the Legislature of New-York, protesting against

the foregoing resolutions of Congress of the 7th and 20th of

August, ..............................................................................  Nov. 1781,       163

Correspondence between the Governor of Vermont and General

Washington, relative to the situation of Vermont, Dec. 1781

and ................................................................................  January 1782,       167

 

 

 

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Proceedings of the Legislature of Vermont, complying with the

condition prescribed by Congress for her admission into the

union, ..........................................................................  February, 1782,       168

Instructions to the Agents of Vermont, at Congress, ...................  Feb. 1782,       169

Proceedings of Congress, resulting in an indefinite postponement

of the question arising from the application of Vermont

for admission into the union, ................................................  April, 1782,       170

Communication from the Agents of Vermont to the President of

Congress, ............................................................................................        172

Act of the Legislature of N. Y., "for pardoning certain offences

committed in the northeastern part of the State," ...................  April 1782,       173

Act of the Legislature of N. Y. , "for quieting the minds of the

inhabitants in the northeastern part of the State," ....................  Ap. 1782,       173

Violent proceedings in the southeastern part of Vermont, and

important resolutions of Congress, thereupon, ...............................  1782,       176

Spirited remonstrance of the Governor and Council of Vermont

against said resolutions, addressed to the President of

Congress, ......................................................................  January, 1783,       178

Remonstrance of the General Assembly of Vermont, on the same

subject, .......................................................................  February, 1783,       185

Extract from Williams' history, embracing the period from the

commencement of the year 1783 to the year 1791, when

Vermont was admitted into the union, ...................................................        187

Act of the Legislature of Vermont, appointing commissioners

to negociate with commissioners of the State of New-York

for the purpose of settling the line of jurisdiction between the

two States, ..........................................................................  Oct. 1789,       192

Act of the Legislature of Vermont, directing the payment of

$30,000 to the State of New-York, and declaring the boundary

line between the two States, &c. ..........................................  Oct. 1790,       193

Act of the Convention of Vermont, approving and ratifying the

Constitution of the United States, including the names of the

members of that Convention, ...................................  January 10th, 1791,       194

Act of Congress, admitting the State of Vermont into the

union, ...................................................................  February 18th, 1791,       195

 

 

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