Order of Council, 1769 Dec. 15.
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At a council held December 15th 1769 a petition of George Washington Esqr. in behalf of himself and the officers and soldiers who first imbarked in the service of this colony, was this day presented, praying that the 200000 acres of lan[d] which was given to them by Governor Dinwiddie’s proclamation, bearing date the 19th day of February 1754, may be allowed to them, in one or more surveys, on the Monongahela and it’s waters from the long narrows to or above a place commonly called an[d] known by the name of Nicholas Knott’s on the New River, otherwise called the Great Canhawa, from the great Falls thereof, to the mouth- And on Sandy Creek, otherwise Great Tattaroy, from the mouth of the same to the mountains; provided the same shall be included within the boundary line of this government; if otherwise, then on the lower side of the little Carkaw, and that they may be allowed to hold and enjoy the same under the privileges and immunities granted by the said proclamation, and that they may be indulged in the appointment of a partic[ular] surveyor. The board having taken under consideration the said petition; it was the opinion of the council, that the petitioners were justly entitled to the said two hundred thousand acres, and their advice that they have leave to take up the said quantity in one or more surveys, not exceeding twenty, on the Great Conkawa and the other places particularized in the petition, so as not to interfere with prior settlements or surveys actually and legally made, and that they hold the same under the privileges and immunities specified in the said proclamation- Copy, Teste John Blair, Cl. [Conc?]. In the patents insert a clause reserving the quit rents from and after the feast of St. Michael [illegible] after fifteen years from the dates of them- John Blair Cl. Concr.