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Adams, John (1735-1826) [Ohio land grant of 1200 acres made by Congress to Brigade Chaplain Alexander Balmain for three years military service].

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04675.09 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 6 June 1799 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: This document is a record of lands given to Alexander Balmain for three years of military service. It is signed by John Adams as President and countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. A grant made in accordance with a 1790 act called "An Act to enable the Officers and Soldiers of the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment to obtain titles to certain lands lying north-west of the River Ohio, between the little Miami and Sciota," and an unspecified amendment to that act passed June 9, 1794 are mentioned as precedent for the certificate's authenticity. The document contains a description of the land Balmain received. Two notes are on verso, one by Secretary of War James McHenry attests to Balmain's entitlement to the land, and the other by Clerk Jacob Wagner states that the grant has been recorded in the office of the Department of State. It is a partially printed document. Accompanied by a paper seal on recto.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, Revolutionary War, Continental Army, Land Transaction, Westward Expansion, President Soldier's Pay, Religion, Frontiers and Exploration, Northwest Territory, Immigration and Migration, Law

Sub Era: The Early Republic