COLLECTIONS OF THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR THE YEAR 1869. New York: Printed for the Society, 1870. Octavo, pp. [i-ix] x [xi] xii-xiv [xv-xvi]  2-560, original brown pebbled cloth stamped in gold and blind, brown coated endpapers. First edition. In addition to transcriptions of the Clarendon Papers (held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England) and publication of other documents relating to New York state history, pages 275-528 print an extensive collection of documents pertaining to New York and the New Hampshire Grants. The New Hampshire Grants were land grants made between 1749 and 1764 by the colonial governor of the Province of New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth. The land grants ... were made on land claimed by New Hampshire west of the Connecticut River, territory that was also claimed by the Province of New York. The resulting dispute led to the eventual establishment of the Vermont Republic, which later became the U.S. state of Vermont ... Following the Revolutionary War, Vermont was excluded (primarily due to objections from New York) from the loose confederation established among the 13 former colonies. The state remained outside until 1791. In 1790 New York finally consented to Vermont's admission to the Union. New York ceded its New Hampshire Grants claim to Vermont for 30,000 dollars. A convention was held from January 6 through 10, 1791 at Bennington to consider joining the federal Union. The convention voted 105–2 in favor of seeking admission. Congress gave unanimous approval to Vermont statehood the following month, and on March 4, 1791, the New Hampshire Grants, as Vermont, became the fourteenth state, the first admitted to the Union after adoption of the federal Constitution (Wikipedia). A ex-library copy with the usual ownership marks (relatively light in this case), cloth worn at spine ends, front hinge just a bit tender, but otherwise a sound, very good copy. (#167421).
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