Robert Harpur Collection
Type of Material: Autographed document.
Personal Name: Robert Harpur
Collection ID: Collection 428
Creator: Robert Harpur Collection
Extent: 2 leaves
Span Dates: 1786
Autographed document signed by Robert Harpur (b. 1731, d. 1825).
Robert Harpur, a Revolutionary War patriot, was a librarian, professor mathematics
and natural philosophy, and tutor at King's College (now Columbia University) from
1761 to 1775; from 1777 to 1784 he was a member of the New York Assembly; and from
1778 to 1795 was Deputy Secretary of State. He was born in Ballyba, County Monaghan,
Ireland on January 25, 1731 and eventually settled in Binghamton, New York. The State
University of New York at Binghamton was originally named Harpur College in his honor.
Pursuant to his Excelly The Governours Warrant bearing Date ye. 19th of this Instant
I have surveyed certain Tracts of Land for Coll. William Smith lyeing [sic] [and] being scituate [sic] on ye. South Side of the Island of Nagsaue in ye. County of Suffolk being bounded Westward from ye. Main Sea or Ocean to the Wes-termost [sic] Bank of a River called East Conneticutt, and so along the Bank of the said River to a Creek run[n]ing--out of the said River called Yaphank and so along the South West Bank of the said Creek unto its--head the whole Creek to a marked Pine Tree at the head of the said Creek and so in a direct North Line untill [sic] it comes to the Bank of Conneticut River aforesaid to a marked Tree on the West side of the said River and from thence along ye. Wester[n]most Bank of ye. s[ai]d River unto ye. s[ai]d Rivers head ye. whole River and all the Branches ther[e]of included [and] from thence along the West side of Conneticutt Hollow to the Country Road near the Middle of the Island aforesaid to a marked tree there and so bound Northwardly by the said Country Road to a Red Oake [sic] Tree marked be-ing distant from the other marked Tree five miles and two furlongs and so in a direct South Line from the Easter[n]most marked Tree near to the Country Road aforesaid to a pine tree marked with WS and three Notches at the head of the Main Branch of Mas-tick River and from thence along the Easter[n]most Bank of said River the whole River included to the Main Sea as also two small Tracts of upland and Meadow called Puncataue and Hogs Neck bounded Eastward from ye. main sea to a River or Creek Called Sinnekes River and from thence in a direct North Line to the Country (Road)Road bounded North by the said Country Road and West by Bounds aforementioned and South by the Sea and also one Tract--of Beach Meadow and Bay lyeing [sic] along the South Side of-- the Island aforesaid with all the Islands in the said Bay between the Main Island aforesaid and the Beach from a certain Gulf or Inlett [sic] called Huntington East Gulf to a certain Stake on the Beach Eastward to a place called Cupchaugue being the Towne of Southhampton[‘]s Wester[n]most Bounds and South of a Neck called Setaukneck the said Beach and Bay being from the East to the West Bounds twenty four miles and seaven [sic] chains In regard of thickets swamps and mo[o]rish ground I could not exactly measure the East and West Bounds of the aforesaid Tracts but by best computation I can make the said East--and West bounds are eight miles each, the North Bounds-- five miles and a halfe [sic] the South something leys; [sic] within the said limitts [sic] are as I am informed three pattents [sic] granted by Coll. Dongan conteining [sic] in all Eight Hundred acres of the best Land all the Meadows between Conneticutt and Mastick River as I am informed were long since purchased [and] enjoyed by the Towne of Brookhaven I have been round [and] through the Tracts aforesaid and doe [sic] not beleive [sic] it within their Bounds is conteined [sic] above five hundred acres of Good Land ye. whole Tract being generally very sandy Brushy Barren [and] unimprove-able [sic], what Good Land there is lies scattered in small parcells [sic] no Meadow but little on the Beach~
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