439 | To Richard Jackson

    Boston, Febry 3d, 1766.

    Dear Sr,

    In my former Letters1 I acquainted you, that the Grant of the Lands in Nova Scotia had passed the Seal before the first of Novr; that it appearing from a Copy thereof sent to me, that there were great mistakes in the names, I sent the Copy back that both the Original & that might be amended; that I had ordered the fees to be paid & expected the Original to be sent to me; & that as soon as I received it, I would write to you fully upon the Subject. The diffculties put upon our Communication with Nova Scotia by the Season of the Year & by the Stamp Act, which last occasioned a temporary stop of Navigation, have prevented my receiving the Grant untill just now.2

    You will observe from the Copy of the Grant which I now send you, that my Name is added to the others with an Addition of 20,000 acres. This was occasioned partly as a Compliment to me, & partly to make the whole Grant a compleat Township, which according to the Œconomy of that Government requires the Quantity of 100,000 Acres. It was unsolicited & quite unexpected by me, but nevertheless accepted, as it ought to be, thankfully.3 This will have no operation upon your intention, which you mentioned to me a long while ago, but I have heard nothing of lately, of procuring a fifth order for 20,000 acres. If any such order is sent, it will be followed by laying out another 20,000 in addition to the present Grant. And if such order is to come, I should be glad to receive it before the Lands adjoining to this Grant are located: for the North Side of the River Scoodick or Passimaquoddy will afford a fine Lot of 20,000 acres or more. So you see, that this favour to me is not at the Expence of any person whatsoever; but will encourage & enable me to be industrious in the improvement of the whole Grant, as it will now be more worth my While to attend to it than otherwise it would have been.

    The whole Charge of this Grant without any present or Gratuity as yet made, amounts to £70 8s. 9d.; of which 2/5ths for my own & Mr Mitchells Share, being £28 3s. 6d. belong to me to pay: the rest being £42 5s. 3d. due from the other partners I must desire you to collect, & pay thereout the Fees for one of the Orders of Council, & keep the remainder for my Order. The Charges is reckoned thus;

    The Governors fees

    £25. 5 __

    Secretary ____


    Registers ____

    2. 8. 6.



    Clerk in the Office ____

    11. 8

    Halifax Currency

    £78. 5. 2

    ____ equal to 313 1/30 dollars4

    £70 8s. 8d.

    The Land of this Tract is undoubtedly good, as there appears very little of Hilly Ground in it; tho’ I suppose the inland parts of it, have not been examined. It will be proper next summer to run & mark the boundary to the West, which is said to be 17 miles in the Grant, & has not been surveyed; as appears from no notice being taken of the River Passimaquoddy above the falls, which I have added in the plan from drawings of my own. This I propose to have done next Spring with accurate observations of the Quality of the Soil, the inland Streams, &c: This will afford a good Idea of the whole Tract.5

    The first Business is to get the Conditions performed by engaging Settlers who will undertake to pay the Quitrents of the whole; & thereby make the rest of the lands free. When this is done, we may wait at Leisure for our advantages; which is the Way to make the most of them. I dont apprehend that this Work will be difficult or expensive: at least I am for my own part for avoiding expense in settling, ‘till I have made Tryal if it cant be done without. I have allready made an effort of this Sort, which I will mention together with the Occasion of it.

    Last Summer, some people ^from Nantucket who are^ chiefly Quakers, went along the Eastern Coast beyond Penobscot, in search of a place to settle a fishery on: they were at Mount Desert, & at Mackias, & at some other places. Soon after I had receivd advice of our Grant’s being passed, I had an Opportunity of talking with the Representative of Nantucket, an eminent merchant there, Folgier by Name.6 I asked him if the party who went to the Eastward had got a Settlement. he answered no. I told them that I could accommodate them; & showed him the map of one Grant, & proposed to lay out a Township in Cobscook Bay of 4, 5, or 6,000 acres upon the following Terms.

    Each Family to have 100 Acres, to pay therefore for each Lot 16/87 quit rent, that is 2d p Acre, the payments to commence, half five Years hence, & the whole at 10: provided that the families should contain 4 Souls each one with another. He said that he thought it was a very fair proposal, & he would communicate it as soon as he got home. I complimented him on his profession, saying, I had rather have a settlement of Brethren, than any other persons: this was above 2 months ago; & I have heard nothing of it since.

    I think those Terms of Settlement very advantageous for the proprietors, & should be glad for the Interest I have in the Lands, to have my duty done for a Grant of one Eighth of the Land. And I should be glad to know the Sentiments of the partners: for if they approve of these Conditions, I would endeavour to make the best use of them, to as great an Extension as I can, either with the persons I have allready treated for, or with Others.

    I am Sr &c.

    R Jackson Esqr.

    AL, LbC      BP, 4: 108-112.