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CONNECTED WITH THE ASSUMPTION AND ESTABLISHMENT

OF GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE OF

VERMONT :

TOGETHER WITH THE

Bournal of the Council of Safety,

THE FIRST CONSTITUTION,

THE EARLY JOURNALS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

AND THE

LAWS

FROM THE YEAR 1779 TO 1786, INCLUSIVE.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED THE PROCEEDINGS

OF THE FIRST AND SECOND COUNCILS OF CENSORS.

GOMPILED AND PUBLISHED BY
WILLIAM SLADE, Jux. SECRETARY OF STATE.

MIDDLEBURY :
J. W. COPELAND, PRINTER.

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DISTRICT OF VERMONT, To wit.
R E IT REMEMBERED, that on the third day of February, in the
S D forty-seventh year of the Independence of the United States of Ameri-
Doneca, WILLIAM SLADE, Junior, of the said district, Esquire, bath deposited in

this office, the title of a book, the right whereof be claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:-“Vermont State Papers ; heing a collection of records and documents counected with the assumption and establisbment of government by the people of Vermont : together with the journal of the Council of Safety, the first Constitution, the early journals of the General Issembly, and the laws from the year 1779, to 1786, inclusive To which are added the proceedings of the first and second Councils of Censors. Compiled and published by WILLIAM SLADE, Jun Secretary of State." In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the au- . thors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."

JESSE GOVE,

Clerk of the District of Vermont. A true copy of record, examined and sealed by.

J, GOVE, Clerk,

CONTENTS.

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Documents relating to the controversy with New-York and New-

Hampshire, and the admission of Vermont into the Union, - 8

Journal of the Council of Safety, - - .. . - 197

Extracts from the early journal of the Governor and Council, 237

First Constitution, - - - - - - -

241

Journal of the General Assembly, March Session, 1778, . 257

June Session, 1778, 268

October Session, 1778, - 275

Laws, passed Feb. session, 1779, . . . . . . 287

June session, " - - - - - - -

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- 389

Oct. session, ".

391

March session, 1780,

395

Oct. session, • - - - - 398

Feb. session, 1781, - -

421

April session, "

- 424

June session,

430

Oct. session,

- .. 439

Feb. session, 17

444

June session,

449

Oct. session,

Feb. session, 1783,

467

.. Oct. session, ..

472

Feb. session, 1784,

483

Oct. session,

491

June session, 1785, - - - - - 497

. Oct. session, . - - - - - -

500

.. Oct. session, 1786, - - - - -

Resolutions of the first Council of Censors, .

511

Constitution, as revised by the first Council of Censors, 516

Address of the first Council of Censors, to the freemen,

531

Proceedings of the second Council of Censors, - -

545

Records of the Supreme Court,

549

Proclamation of pardon, June 1779,

556

Governor's speech, Oct. 1779, .

Commission of Confiscation, -

Order of Court of Confiscation, - - - - -
Writ of seizin, issued by Court of Confiscation,
Ethan's Allen's complaint to Court of Confiscation,

563

List of Governors of Vermont, from 1778 to 1822, - - 564

List of Judges of Supreme Court, from 1778 to 1822, .. - 564

List of Senators in the Congress of the U. S. from 1791 to 1822,

List of Representatives to Congress, from 1791 to 1822,

566

Ancient inscription, -

568

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TO THE DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE CONTROVERSY WITM
NEW-YORK AND NEW-HAMPSHIRE, AND THE ADMISSION
OF VERMONT INTO THE UNION.

Page. Correspondence between the Governors of New Hampshire and

New-York, relative to the jurisdiction of those provinces, com

mencing - - - - - November, 1749, List of grants made by the Governor of New-Hampshire, west

of Connecticut river, previous to the year 1765, . . Grant from Charles II to the Duke of York, by virtue of which

the territory called the New-Hampshire grants, was originally

claimed by the province of New York, - - - Proclamation of the Governor of New-Hampshire, asserting the

claim of that province to the grants, west of Connecticut

river, - - - - - - March, 1764, Order of the King in Council, establishing the west bank of Connecticut river as the boundary between the provinces of NewYork and New-Hampshire,

- - July, 1764, Order of the King in Council, prohibiting the Governor of New

York from making grants of land in the disputed terri

tory, - - - - - - - July, 1767. Continuance of grants by the Governor of New York, and vio.

lent proceedings, thereupon, - - - - - Communication from the Governor of New York to the inhabi

tants of Bennington and its vicinity, - - May, 1772, Answer of the inhabitants of Bennington, &c. to the foregoing

communication, - - - - - June, 1772, Communication of Ethan Allen, Seth Warner, Remember Baker

and R. Cochran, to the Governor of New-York, June, 1772, Order of Governor of New-York, suspending prosecutions in be

half of the crown, against the inhabitants of the New-Hamp

shire grants, - - - - - - - - 29 Communication of the Governor of New York to the inhabi

tants of Bennington and the adjacent country, relative to their dispossessing certain settlers in the vicinity of Otter Creek,

claiming under grants from New-York, - - Augt. 1772, Answer to the foregoing communication, - - - Augt. 1772, Report of the Lords of trade to his Majesty's Privy Council, on

the subject of this controversy, • - . Dec. 1779, Review of the controversy,--violent proceedings on the New| Hampshire grants, .

- - - - Violent proceedings of the General Assembly of New

York, - - - - - - February, 1774, 37 Meetings and resolutions of committees from sundry towns on the New-Hampshire grants, • •

April, 1774, 98

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Act of the Legislature of New York,“for preventing tumultuous

and riotous assemblies” on the New Hampshire grants, and
for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters"

passed, - - - - - - March, 1774,
Spirited remonstrance of Ethan Allen, Seth Warner and others,

against the proceedings of New York, - April, 1774,
Proceedings in the county of Cumberland, and massacre at the

Court-Flouse, in Westminster, - - March, 1775,
Proceedings at a meeting of committees from sundry towns, on

the east side of the mountains, held at Westminster, evincing
their determination to resist the administration of New-

York, · - - - - - April, 1775,
Petition and remonstrance to the Continental Congress, of Repre-

sentatives from the towns on the New Hampshire grants, a-
gainst the proceedings of New-York, praying for permission
to do duty in the continental service, independent of New-
York, . . . -

- January, 1776,
Resolutions of Congress on the subject of the foregoing petition,
Proceedings of the Convention which declared the independence

of the New Hampshire grants, at their sessions at Dorset,
Sept. 25, 1776, and Westminster, January 15, 1777, together

with that declaration, - - - - - - -
Declaration and petition of the inhabitants of the New-Hamp-

shire grants, to the Continental Congress, announcing the dis-

trict to be a free and independent State, - - -
Letters from the President of the Convention of New York, to

the President of Congress, relative to the assumed indepen.

dence of Vermont, - - January and March, 1777,
Address of Thomas Young of Philadelphia, to the inhabitants of

Vermont, recommending the formation of a Constitution and

the election of Delegates to Congress, April, 1777,
Resolution of the Continental Congress recommending the as-

sumption and establishment of government in certain cases,
Letter from the President of the Council of Safety of New York,
to the President of Congress, relative to the proceedings of

Vermont, - - - • - - May, 1777,
Resolutions of Congress, on the subject of the assumed indepen-

dence of Vermont, - - - - June, 1777,
Constitution of Vermont formed, - - - July, 1777,
Correspondence between the Council of Safety of Vermont and

the Governor of New. Hampshire, relative to the surrender of
the fortress at Tyconderoga, and the exposed state of the
frontier, - .

- July, 1777,
Address of the Council of Safety, to the people of Veruiont, re-

lative to the Constitution, - - February, 1778,
Proclamation of the Governor of New-York, containing certain

overtures to the inhabitants of Vermont, February, 1778,
Answer of E. Allen to the foregoing proclamation, Augt. 1778,
Admission of sixteen towns, east of Connecticut river, into

union with Vermont, - - - - June, 1778,

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