Lot 8 of 395:
Document, signed by Presdient James Monroe, 1817  

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President Monroe grants land in the Northwest Territory for military service of a Virginia officer in the Revolutionary War who sold his land bounty to speculators who then sold it to the surveyor

Monroe, James

Washington, D.C.


April 7, 1817


Partly Printed Document Signed “James Monroe” as President, one page, 15x12". Completed in manuscript. Countersigned “Josiah Meigs” as Commissioner of the General Land Office. Certified and signed again by Meigs on verso. On vellum. 

In part, “Know ye, That, in consideration of Military Service, performed by Thomas Ray, a Captain for three years, to the United States, in the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment, and in pursuance of an Act of the Congress of the United States passed on the 10th day of August, in the year 1790, intituled ‘An Act to enable the Officers and Soldiers of the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment, to obtain Titles to certain Lands lying north west of the river Ohio, between the Little Miami and Sciota;’ and Acts of the said Congress amendatory of the said Act, There is granted by the United States, unto John A. Fulton Assignee of John and Mathew Hobson, who were Assignees of the said Thomas Ray, a certain Tract of Land containing Fifty five acres situate between the Little Miami and Sciota rivers, north west of the river Ohio, as by survey…” Manuscript description of the tract location follows. The grantee has signed on verso “55 acres John A. Fulton / Joining Muhlenberg / Near Pritchard” next to “No 8934.” Fulton (1769–1845) did much of the original survey work in the Virginia Military District. He later served as Mayor of Chillicothe, Ohio (1828-1829, 1831-1832).

Lot Amendments

Soiling and folds. Rolled. Text is light. Dark diagonal stain passes through “James,” part of “Monroe” is light, toned “Meigs," right half of paper seal at lower left is missing; fair condition.

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