James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Paul Busti, 27 December 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Paul Busti

27 December 1801, Philadelphia. As attorney for the Holland Land Company, he addresses JM about a treaty concluded on 15 Sept. 1797 between the Seneca nation and U.S. commissioner Jeremiah Wadsworth. The treaty conveyed Seneca rights on land situated in Ontario County, New York, to Robert Morris—”a large proportion of which is now vested in … the Holland Land Company.” A survey of lands reserved by the Indians has revealed errors requiring correction. Has offered to alter boundaries to conform to Seneca wishes but, private deeds with Indians being illegal under the law of 3 Mar. 1799, he seeks government confirmation of this arrangement by treaty. Requests an official letter to the Seneca chiefs explaining the delay in order to alleviate their anxieties.

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