Albany, NY: 1797. Letter – small folio, pen & ink on watermarked laid paper, 12.5” x 8”, wax seal broken resulting in small paper loss. Maps – pen, ink and water color on folio sheets laid paper, 17.5” x 21”, one partial fold separation closed.Documents overall very good condition. Documents overall very good condition. Item #100253
Van Vechten writes – “ Sir, I have had an accurate survey made of the Stone Arabia Patent by John Van Alen according to what I conceive to be the true Boundaries thereof. The result seems clearly to move that the lands which have lately been divided & ejected for under Stone Arabia, and which are at present sold under [Letters?] Patent of Governor [Harmanus] Van Slyck & Kingsborough really belong to Stone Arabia. Indeed John Van Alen says that upon no principle can the Boundaries of Stone Arabia be so contracted as to exclude even the half of the lands in question. Your Obedient Servant, Abraham Van Vechten”
The lands in question appear to be those lying between Gonoga Creek and Canada Creek being part of the 4th Division of Stone Arabia though a survey of published New York documents reveals nothing of relevance yet numerous disputes arose from overlapping patents and actual surveys. Stone Arabia’s 13,000 acre title was no exception. The accompanying maps, in the hand of John Van Allen, thus:
Map no. 1 - “A Map of the 1st..2nd & 3rd Divisions of Stone Arabia Patent. The 1st division is distinguished by the Orange Colour, the 2nd by the Red & the 3rd by the Yellow. Copied from a map in Possession of Mr. Andrew Fink”. The three divisions show approximately 100+ lots in total.
Map no. 2 – “A Map of the 4th Division of Garlock’s Patent Commonly Called Stone Arabia”. Shows the fourth division as four narrows strips comprised of about 150 lots along the southern and northern boundary lines. The Northern boundary includes benchmarks [oak, black oak and basswood trees] and notations calling out the adjacent patents of Harrison, Van Slyck, and Van Dam.
During his career Abraham Van Vechten received highest praise and respect from his peers. Among his accomplishments he was twice New York State Attorney General 1810-1811 & 1813-1815, a Federalist Presidential Elector in 1796, served in the New York State Senate from 1798 to 1805, the State Assembly 1810-1813 and delegate to the New York State Constitutional Conventions of 1797 & 1823.