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Ephr[a]im Webster to MVB, 28 October 1817

Sir

Having been appointed by the Government of this State, agent for the purpose of preventing Trespasses on that part of the late Onondaga Reservation which was sold by the Onondaga Indians to the State in February last, of the extent of which purchase I inclose you an advertisement, which will give you the boundaries & the steps I have among others taken to prevent such trespasses. I now have to inform you that a complaint has been made to me that William Jones of the Town of Onondaga has cut on said purchase 21 Trees or more, and has been assisted in the same by his father Davis Jones of the same place. Altho' I have informed them of the consequences of such conduct, they have not desisted but on the contrary persevere in it I must therefore request your advice as soon as may be convenient as to the legal steps which I must pursue as well as to them as to other trespassers on said purchase. I would further observe that our Court of Common pleas sits on the fourth Monday in November next, when perhaps the necessary steps may be taken to prevent further trespasses. Your early attention is respectfully requested.

I am Sir Your Obedt.

Ephrim Webster, Agent 

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Source: N-Ar New York State Archives
Collection: Attorney General Papers (N-Ar)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)