Proposal concerning the North Carolina/Virginia Boundary
Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740; Eden, Charles, 1673-1722
Volume 02, Pages 222-223
[B. P. R. O. B. T. Virginia. Vol. 14. P. 64.]
PROPOSALS FOR DETERMINING THE CONTROVERSY RELATING TO THE BOUNDS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA: MOST HUMBLY OFFERED FOR HIS MAJESTYS ROYAL APPROBATION, AND FOR THE CONSENT OF THE RIGHT HONble THE LORDS PROPRIETORS OF CAROLINA.
Foreasmuch as the dispute between the said two Governments about their true Limits continue still, notwithstanding the several meetings of the Commissioners, and all the proceedings of many years past in order to adjust that Affair and seeing no speedy determination likely to ensue, unless some medium be found out, in which both partys may encline to acquiesce: Wherefore both the underwritten Governors having mett and considered the prejudice done both to the King's and the Lords Proprietors Interests by the continuance of this Contest, and truly endeavouring at a Decision which they judge comes nearest to the Intention of the Royal Charter, granted to the Lords Proprietors, Do with the Advice and Consent of their respective Councils Propose as followeth.
That from the mouth of Corratuck River or Inlett, and setting the compass on the North Shore thereof a due West Line be run and fairly marked; and if it happens to cutt Chowan River between the mouths of Nottoway River and Wiccons Creek, then shall the same direct course be continued towards the mountains, and be ever deemed the Sole Dividing Line between Virginia and Carolina That if the said West Line cutts Chowan River to the Southward of Wiccon Creek, then from that point of Intersection the bounds shall be allowed to continue up the Middle
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of the said Chowan River to the middle of the entrance into the said Wiccon Creek, and from thence a Due West Line shall divide the said two Governments. That if the said West Line cuts Blackwater River to the Northward of Nottoway River; then from that point of Intersection, the Bounds shall be allowed to continue down the middle of the said Blackwater River to the middle of the Entrance into the Nottoway River, and from thence a Due West Line shall divide the said two Governments. That if a Due West Line shall be found to pass through Islands or cut out small slips of Land, which might much more conveniently be included in the one province or other, by natural water bounds; in such case the persons appointed for running the Line shall have power to seale natural bounds, Provided the Commissioners of both sides agree thereto, and that all such Variations from the West Line be particularly noted in the Mapps or Platts which they shall return to put upon the Records of both Governments.
All which is humbly submitted by