. On behalf of the agents appointed by the General Court to prosecute Massachusetts
claims to lands in western New York, Thomas Cushing had requested that
obtain authenticated copies of the 1620 Charter of New England issued by James I
and the Massachusetts Charter of 1629 (Cushing to
, 9 May 1785, Adams Papers
employed a Mr. Maltby to search for the documents; Maltby succeeded in finding the
first item requested (Maltby to
, 3 Jan., Copy, MH-H
: bMS Am 1582 .
enclosed a copy of the 1620 Charter and a bill for expenses in his letter to Rufus
King, 4 Jan. (NHi
: King Papers, 1785–1787, #67). For more on Massachusetts' boundary disputes, see
vol. 5:485, note 4
At around the same time, James Duane, as agent for New York, asked
to procure the same documents to support New York's claims to the land (Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton
, ed. Julius Goebel, N.Y., 1964, 1:571).