1 page, 14.5 x 21 inches, February 3, 1790, signed "Geo: Clinton" -- a grant for a parcel of land, lots # 65 and # 93, set apart by "Laws of this State for the Canadian and Nova-Scotia Refugees," issued to Revolutionary War General Moses Hazen, a tract of 500 acres in Clinton County, New York, with the original large pendant wax seal, 3.5 inches in diameter, wrapped in leather and affixed with twine at the lower edge. Moses Hazen (1733 - 1803) was an American-born Brigadier General in the Continental Army who, at the start of the war, was a resident and land-owner in Quebec. He saw extensive action throughout the war and led his own Regiment "the 2nd Canadian," also known as "Congress Own," playing an important role in the British surrender at Yorktown. After the war, General Hazen, unable to return to Canada, received a Grant of Land in Northern New York on the border of his beloved Quebec. He was active for many years on behalf of the men who served under him and their families, especially those that originally came from Quebec, in their quest for compensation for losses. When he failed in this initiative, he was instrumental in persuading New York State in the creation of The Canadian and Nova Scotia Refugee Tract, and personally made sure that many of his men and their families were relocated. One of the stipulations listed in the above Land Grant specifically states: "...that within the term of seven years, to be computed from the first day January next ensuing the date hereof, there shall be one actual Settlement made on the said tract of land hereby granted..." Thus, the relocation of his men onto his land tract would become the foundation of the required settlement, in this case Lot # 65 being in Plattsburgh. Very good condition overall, with intersecting folds and three reverse imprints of the leather-covered wax seal, caused by the pendant's interaction with the paper.
Founding Father and American Statesman who served as Governor of New York and later Vice President of the United States in the Jefferson and Madison administrations.