Author: Daniel Coleman DeJarnette


“D. C. DeJarnette’s Letter to the Governor” in the Report of the Commissioners on Boundary Lines (November 18, 1871)

In this report submitted to Governor Gilbert Carlton Walker on November 18, 1871, by Daniel Coleman DeJarnette, he recounts his efforts to track down records in England that would clarify Virginia’s boundaries and ultimately establish ones that were favorable to the state. When seeking to determine Virginia’s northern boundary with Maryland, he attributes Maryland’s claim on the Potomac River to Augustine Herrman’s map Virginia and Maryland As it is Planted and Inhabited this present Year 1670 where Herrman drew the southern border of Maryland with a dotted line on the southern bank of the Potomac. DeJarnette tries to discredit the map by noting that Herrman was friends with and dependent on Lord Baltimore.