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This foot note contained in document ADMS-04-07-02-0018
9. On behalf of the agents appointed by the General Court to prosecute Massachusetts claims to lands in western New York, Thomas Cushing had requested that JA obtain authenticated copies of the 1620 Charter of New England issued by James I and the Massachusetts Charter of 1629 (Cushing to JA , 9 May 1785, Adams Papers). JA employed a Mr. Maltby to search for the documents; Maltby succeeded in finding the first item requested (Maltby to JA , 3 Jan., Copy, MH-H: bMS Am 1582 [2]. JA enclosed a copy of the 1620 Charter and a bill for expenses in his letter to Rufus King, 4 Jan. (NHi: King Papers, 1785–1787, #67). For more on Massachusetts' boundary disputes, see vol. 5:485, note 4.
At around the same time, James Duane, as agent for New York, asked WSS to procure the same documents to support New York's claims to the land (Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton, ed. Julius Goebel, N.Y., 1964, 1:571).