George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Grayson, 27 May 1785

From William Grayson

New York May 27th 1785.

Dear Sir:

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

William Grayson


1The 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.

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