From William Grayson
New York May 27th 1785.
The Ordinance for the disposal of the Western territory was pass’d three days ago, & I take the earliest oppertunity of inclosing you a copy.1 I have the honor to be with the highest respect yr Affect. fd & Most Obd. Sert
1. The Land Ordinance of 1785 for dividing the Northwest Territory into townships to be divided into lots of 640 acres for sale was passed on 20 May (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 28:375–81). See also Richard Henry Lee to GW, 3 May 1785, and the references in note 2 of that document.