Benjamin Chew, Papers, Swedish colonists, 1683

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Benjamin Chew, Papers, Swedish colonists, 1683

These are to certifie whom it may concern That we ye ancient Swedes
and Children of the ancient Swedes planted upon ye River Delaware in
America, do declare, That ye first of our Nation ye came & planted
in this River & ye Creeks those unto Belonging, did finde ye Dutch possest
of the said River; and yt ye Lord Baltimore in the sd daies made no
Pretensions thereunto, and yt since he had his Patent granted to him by
Charles ye first King of great Britian, he hath never made any Claim to
any part of ye Land upon this River, yt we know of; we are sure he hath
made none to any yt was or is in our ye [Sweeds?] Possession, from Christina Creek
to Falls of ye said River Delaware. And we do further certifie, that the
Swedes did anciently purchase of ye Natives ye Lands lying between the said
Christina Creek to ye falls of ye River Delaware which with and in obedience to his majesties letters Patents & &
his declaration together with his Royal highnesses release we have freely submitted ourselves
freely & fully resigned and submitted ourselves to William Penn Esq. as
our rightful Proprietary & Governour under ye Kings Majesty do joyfully so recognize
& acknowledge him promising Faith & Allegiance to ye King of
great Britain & his Successors as our Soveraign, & Fidelity & Obedience to
which we resolve by ye help [? ] to ye utmost of our power
our said Proprietary & Governour, his Heirs & Assigns under ye power King. Signed by us underwritten who have been here about fifty years on ye behalf of our [?] & ye rest of ye ancient Planters yet liveing of ye
Swedish Nation on this Westside of ye River Delaware at [Wicoco?], ye 11th
day of ye Month calld January, 1683.


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Date written
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Chew family papers
Collection 2050
Chew, Benjamin (1722-1810)
G. PA/MD Boundary Dispute
Certificate-Swedish colonists' contest to Lord Baltimore's claim to
land along the Delaware (1683)
File name
Benjamin Chew_Papers_Swedish colonists 1683-00x-00x-00x

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