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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1753-1757
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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe. 5


to repeat my sincere Desire to keep up a constan Corres-
pondce with you, & when any thing occurs relating to these
Colonies, I shall keep you duely advis'd thereof. I am with
great Truth.
Yr Excellency's
very hble Servt
Robt Dinwiddie



[Sharpe to Calvert.]

Sept: 14. 1753 transmitted by Mr Iennings.
Upon Mr Emery's return from running the North Line I
called a Council the 12th Instant who came to the Resolution
as inclosed. I have sent you also Mr Emory's Plen with his
remarks & Observations He has lain down neither Sassafras
Bohemia or Elk River but in his Remarks says the North Line
will not touch the Heads of any Rivers, nor will the Circle
round Newcastle as run by Mr Daker in 1732 affect the Head
of the Bay or any of the Rivers as far as He is capable of
judging & supposes that a due North Line will take in War-
wick Town & be a Secant of the Circle & not a Tangent but
opinions you see & a few I am affraid inaccurate Observations
are the best guides we as yet have & I see no probability but

Letter Bk. I.
p. 3
of remaining still in the Dark unless the Penns will give free
liberty to execute what the Council have thought necessary to
be performed comply with what is mentioned in the Report of
the Council. Mr Iennings has taken some pains to make Him-
self Master of this Affair & as We will be able to give you
more light into it then I as yet am able to do I must beg leave
to refer you to Him. Mr Cressop gave it as his Opinion to
the Council that the Temporary Line is to the Northwd of any
Bendings of the River Potomack & that the South Branch
runs 60 or 80 Miles farther West then the Spring Head of the
Northern Branch upon wch representation of His by Advice of
the Council I have wrote the following Lettr to Ld Fairfax.
[See below.]

p. 4
If you can obtain from Messrs Penns to go to the Latitude of
40o upon Susquehana in order to run a West Line thence
for your Northern Boundary You may give up so much of the
Eastern Side of that River as lies north of the Temporary Line
in respect to this Mr Jennings can give more certain informa-
tion to whom I should not have taken the liberty of referring
had any one else here seemed equally capable of giving me
information. He comes to England on leave of Absence in-
tending should not that Climate agree with his Constitution to
return again; on my acquainting Him (as instructed) with
your farther expectations from Him if He continues his Office

p. 5



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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1753-1757
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