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This collection consists of a two page transcript of a 1693 legal land description, a one page survey map of this same tract, and a statement testifying to the need for and veracity of this transcript signed by Harpur. It is an 18th century copy of the original 17th century survey that Smith commissioned after receiving Fletcher's official land grant. The land tract in question concerns William "Tangier" Smith (1655-1705), an English-born mayor of Tangier, Morocco and an early Long Island settler and land speculator. Titled "Pursuant to his Excelly The Governours Warrant bearing Date ye. 19th of this Instant September 1693," these detailed two pages describe the perimeters of a large piece of land in what is now Brookhaven Town, a survey performed by the Surveyor-General of the Province, Augustine Graham. The history of this tract is as follows: On May 25, 1691 Smith purchased a large area of land from John Mayhew, the Sachem (chief) of the Setalcott People who had adopted an English name and leader of the Unkechaug Nation, between the Mastic River to the east, the Connecticut River to the west, the Bay to the south and "Country Road" (present-day "Middle Country Road" or "Route 25") to the north. On October 9, 1693 Governor Benjamin Fletcher granted Smith a patent for this land, which became the Manor of St. George. (Fletcher was later charged with bestowing excessive land grants.) The areas documented on the map include: "Country Road" (Middle Country Road); "Yaphank"; "Conneticutt River"; "East Conneticutt River"; "Seponack"; "Unquachock"; Floyds Neck; "Eburns" or "Snake Neck"; "Mastick"; "Mastick River"; "Hog Neck"; "Head of Mastick"; "Puncatawe Neck"; and "Snakes River."
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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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