Temporary boundary between Pennsylvania and Virginia, proposed


The Convention then, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony; and after some time spent therein, Mr˙ President resumed the chair, and Mr˙ Cary reported, that the Committee had,


according to order, had under their consideration the state of the Colony, and had come to the following Resolution thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same was again twice read, and agreed to:

Whereas disputes have for some time subsisted between the people settled under the Government of this Colony and others settled under the Proprietor of Pennsylvania, which cannot be determined for want of having the boundary between the two countries settled and ascertained; and as the people are uncertain which Government they ought to submit to, consequences of the most alarming nature are justly to be apprehended from a contention and clashing of jurisdictions between the magistrates and officers of the respective countries: For prevention whereof, and in order to restore peace and harmony to all those people,

Resolved, That it be proposed to the General Assembly or Representatives of the people of the Province of Pennsylvania, to agree to the following temporary boundary between the two countries, that is to say: From that part of the meridian of the head fountain of Potomack, where it is intersected by Braddock' s Road, along the said road to the Great Crossing of Youghganey; thence down the meanders of that river to the Chestnut Ridge, thence along that ridge to the easterly branch of Jacob' s Creek, otherwise called Green-Lick Run; thence down the said run to Braddock' s Old Road; thence along the same, and the new road leading to Pittsburgh, to a place called the Bullock-Pens, now in the tenure of William Elliot, and from thence a direct course to the mouth of Plum Run, on the Alleghany River, above Colonel Croghan' s; which lines this Convention are of opinion will give most general satisfaction to the inhabitants, as it will nearly leave them in the respective country under which they settled; that the present inhabitants on either side of the line ought quietly to enjoy their possessions, and be subject to the regulations of the Government they will remain in, without considering under which they derive, their title, until a final and ultimate boundary can be settled, when nothing which may be done in consequence of this agreement shall tend to prejudice the just titles of individuals, or the claim of either country to a fair and equal boundary.

Ordered, That the Committee of Safety be desired immediately to transmit the foregoing Resolution to the Delegates appointed to represent this Colony in General Congress, requesting them to negotiate the same on the part of this Colony.

Mr˙ Richard Lee, from the Committee of Publick Claims, reported that they had, according to order, had under their consideration the Accounts and Vouchers for the money paid by John Harvie and Joseph Neaville, Esqs˙, agreeably to a Resolution of the last Convention, and also for the said John Harvie' s and Joseph Neaville' s services in stating and settling all the Accounts of the expedition against the Indians which remained unsettled, and for revising those already settled in West-Augusta; and that it appeared to them that the said John Harvie has received from the Treasury the sum of £7,044 16s˙ 3 1/2d˙, out of which he paid the said several claimants their proportions, amounting in the whole to the sum of £6;979 1s˙ 3 3/4d˙; previous to which, in order that he might perform the same with certainty, he was under the necessity of transcribing the Commissioners' books, and sorting and placing in alphabetical order all the vouchers which had been produced to the Commissioners; that, upon revising the said claims, he was necessarily obliged to examine a great number of witnesses relative thereto, the substance of whose testimony is finally entered in a book for that purpose, which he hath produced to this Convention; that he has likewise examined sundry witnesses relating to certain claims of the same nature now remaining in his possession, which are not mentioned in his book; that it further appeared, that when the said Harvie was at Fredericksburgh, on his way to Pittsburgh with the money aforesaid, upon looking it over he discovered a deficiency of £56, which mistake he is not able to account for, unless it happened in counting the money at the Treasury; that he immediately applied there, in order to discover the error, but proved unsuccessful; that it also appeared that he employed two guards, which he thought absolutely requisite to attend him from Winchester to Pittsburgh, whose expenses, together with his own, amount to £57, or thereabouts; that, for the


more speedy expediting the business, he employed a clerk to assist, who, together with himself, were employed from the 23d of February to the 16th of May in settling the same; that it further appeared that sundry persons at Pittsburgh advertised that they were willing to undertake to receive the said money at the Treasury, and carry it to Pittsburgh, and pay it to the several claimants for two and a half per centum; that it also appeared that the said Harvie has repaid to the Treasurer the balance which remained in his hands, being £65 14s˙; 11 3/4d˙; and that they had come to the following Resolutions thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same were again twice read, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the said John Harvie be allowed the sum of £200 for his services, the loss he sustained, and all his expenses.

Resolved, That the said Joseph Neaville be allowed for his services the sum of £20.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Charles Simms, who was necessarily employed as a Clerk by the said John Harvie and Joseph Neaville, be allowed for his services the sum of £50.

On a motion made, Resolved, That this Convention will on Monday next again resolve itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony.

Adjourned till Monday, ten o' clock.