To the Senate & Assembly
That your petitioners are informed that Arth Polhamus & sundry other persons have petitioned to the honorable the Senate and Assembly praying that the prayers of our petition may not be granted for a turnpike on the nearest and best route from the Orange turnpike near the house of Judge John Suffern to Nyack Landing for three reasons (Niz) first that it runs angling through their land 2nd that they are apprehensive they will not be allowed a sufficient compensation for the ground it will occupy & 3rd that they think that the public good should not be sacrificed for the benefit of a few individuals.
Your petitioners beg [live] to State to your honorable bodies in answer to said objections as follows first (as it its running angling through their land) that the two thirds or ¾ of the land on which the intended road is proposed to be laid over the owners there of has signed the petition praying for a law to lay out said road as will appear by a draft made of the intended route and the owners of the Land together with the length of their land particularly notes as will appear by the Certificate of the Surveyors thereunto annexed as to the 2nd objection it need not be answered, for the legislature will know that in case? The owner & company cannot agree indifferent persons is to the state the sum they are to receive as to the 3rd objection the legislature will see that 90% of the signers to sd [said] petition is not interested as the sd [said] road will be no injury to them (except it be that it will not come by their door) as to will not touch any part of their property & when it is completed there will be no compulsion for them to use it.
Your petitioners therefore pray that the prayer of the petition maybe be granted.
I have drawn a rough copy of a petition in answer to the remonstrance of the opposite party in which