be severed from the jurisdiction of Virginia
Chap. XXXVIII} 1768. Oct.
firmed to the savages by solemn treaties.
This purpose was strenuously opposed by the Province which was to be curtailed.
From its ancient Charter, the discoveries of its people, the authorized grants of its Governors since 1746, the encouragement of its Legislature to settlers in 1752 and 1753, the promise of lands as Bounty to officers and soldiers who served in the French
war, the continued emigration of its inhabitants,—the Ancient Dominion
derived its title to occupy the Great West.
Carolina stopped at the line of 36° 30′; on the North
could at most extend to Lake Erie
were each limited by definitive boundaries.
None but Virginia
claimed the valley of the Ohio
But in spite of her objections1 Stuart
was not only ordered to complete the demarkation with the Indians, but he was expressly enjoined not to accept any new cession of territory from the Cherokees.2
The honest Agent, without regarding the discontent of Virginia
, which, though notified,3
declined cooperating with him, met the Chiefs of the Upper
and Lower Cherokees in Council at Hard Labor in Western South Carolina
; and on the fourteenth of October, concluded a treaty conforming to the instructions