Connecticut Governor Samuel Huntington Discusses a Survey of Connecticut’s Claims to the Ohio Valley with Roger Sherman’s Son Isaac
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Connecticut’s original land grant from 1662 ran theoretically ran coast to coast. Though the state gave up claims to Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley after the Revolution, in 1796, the Connecticut Land Company surveyed a tract south of Lake Erie and established Cleveland, Ohio. Connecticut finally relinquished its western lands in 1800—the last state to do so. SAMUEL HUNTINGTON.
Autograph Letter Signed as Governor, to Isaac Sherman. Norwich, Conn., March 28, 1787. 1 p., 7¼ x 11¾ in.
“The Information you have given relative to the western lands is very acceptable; I wish to receive the best Information in your power respecting those lands referred by Connecticutt [sic], in particular the quality of the Situation, whether & how far they border on Lake Erie, & every other material circumstance which may have come to your knowledge.
One principal design in appointing s Surveyor from each State, Undoubtedly was, that the states might have a more perfect knowledge of these Western lands as they are located from time to time; you will therefore Communicate to me as the opportunity presents, all material Information respecting this Subject. Should have wrote you repeatedly the last Season, if I had known of my Safe or certain Conveyance.
Before you leave this State, if you would make Some management, & give me Information, where, & what route will be safe or most proper to direct my letters, address’d to you, the new full Correspondence may be successfully continued, & be assured it will be very pleasing to this State, & perhaps beneficial; & very acceptable to me.”
Samuel Huntington (1731-1796) Born to a large Connecticut farming family, Huntington left home at 22, taught himself enough law to pass the bar, and at 34, was appointed King’s attorney for the colony of Connecticut. He resigned to join the Revolutionary Cause, and in 1775, represented Connecticut as a delegate to the Continental Congress. Huntington signed of the Declaration of Independence, and in 1779, was elected 6th president of the Continental Congress. Two years into his term, the Congress acknowledged the Articles of Confederation as America’s first constitution, and Huntington remained president of the Congress. He served as Governor of Connecticut 1786-1796.