DescriptionWilliam Burnet Manuscript Document Signed "W. Burnet" as Colonial Governor of New York and New Jersey, one page (with the blank integral leaf), 12" x 8", Fort George, New York, December 6, 1726. Burnet commissions John Cornelius Decker, "Lieutenant of a Company of militia" in Ulster County [New York]. Johannes Cornelius Decker (1696-1742) was the first of a prominent Ulster County family whose rural Dutch farm, built ca. 1720, is still in use today. One small hole occurring at a fold, otherwise very good with bold ink.
William Burnet ( 1688-1729) a British civil servant and colonial administrator, served as governor of New York and New Jersey (1720-1728) and Massachusetts (1728). A capable administrator, his most important accomplishment as governor was to strengthen the colony's position on the frontier. Burnet encouraged direct trade with Indian tribes in order to reduce the influence of French traders and helped to strengthen colonial outposts like Fort Oswego.
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