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PENNSYLVANIA-VIRGINIA BORDER SURVEY DAVID REDICK(d. 1805) Pennsylvania surveyor, lawyer and politician who was one of the western Pennsylvania leaders who resisted the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. It was Redick who presented the formal surrender document to George Washington and Alexander Hamilton at Carlisle in October 1794. Fine content A.L.S. 2pp. small 4to., Cumberland County, May 16, 1781, to the state's chief surveyor, John Lukens offering his services as a surveyor to demark the Pennsylvania-Virginia boundary. He writes, in part: "...I understood I had been named to you as a person qualified to serve you in ye Surveying Business; and that I would gladly Serve you as well as attend you as an Assistant at running the Line between this State and that of Virginia, that my Landed Property lyeth in Washington County where I would Most gladly be Employ'd. that I am intimately Acquainted in that Country, that Colo. Blair knows me wee (having been long under his Direction in Publick Service) and would now add that I would fair hope, when you have an opportunity of Examining me, that you will be satisfied with my Mathematical knowledge More Especially in the Branch of Surveying - in my last I requested, in case you Determined to Accept of my Service at run[n]ing the State Boundary, that you would let me know So long before you Meant to Set out on the Business that I might fix my Family affairs the Better to indure [sic] my abstence [sic]...". Redick had established himself in the area of Washington County in 1780 where he helped plot the town of Bassett Town, which was soon renamed Washington. We do not know if Redick performed the surveys that were the basis for the 1784 agreement between Virginia and Pennsylvania over their common border; however we do know that the 1784 extension of the Mason-Dixon line was accomplished by David Rittenhouse and Andrew Ellicott, but not who performed the survey for the western boundary line that ran north to the Ohio River. Usual folds, light soiling, else very good.
Estimate $ 500-700

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