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LAND-HOLDER'S ASSISTANT. 337

from the price of such purchase, and, in all sales, the rights
of actual tenants, holding under lease, were reserved.

    By an act of April session 1782, ch. 51, measures were
taken for the sale of reserved lands, concerning which
nothing had before been done except the keeping them from
the operation of warrants. By this act the commissioners
of confiscated property were authorised, under the direction
of the intendant of the revenue, to offer for sale the reserves
in St. Mary's, Charles, Baltimore, and Harford counties,
Manocacy manor, and Gunpowder, North-east and Elk
manors, with sundry other lands, and it was declared to be the
intention of the general assembly that the tenants on manors,
and settlers on reserves, should have the preference of
purchasing the lands held or occupied by them on paying such
reasonable and moderate valuation therefor as the said
commissioners, or persons to be nominated by them, should on
oath determine. In the following year an act was passed, in
which, after a recital of these provisions, it was stated that
the persons nominated as aforesaid had in a variety of
instances done manifest injustice to the state by the lowness of
their valuations, so that the commissioners had refused to
give titlings to the register of the land office to issue warrants
to survey such lands; and, authority was given to the
intendant of the revenue, and the said commissioners, to revise
all such valuations, and to affix a reasonable price to the land,
giving a preference to tenants and settlers at the prices so
affixed, and upon their refusal or neglect to comply with the
terms, the property was, after due notice, to be sold to the
highest bidder. It was provided further that upon any
purchase made of the aforesaid lands, the commissioners should
give a titling to the register of the land office for the shore
on which the land might lie, who should thereupon issue a
warrant to survey such land for the purchaser, and that upon
return of a certificate to the land office, (of the western shore)
and after the same should be examined and passed, the
purchaser should be entitled to a patent therefor, " upon the same
" terms, and under such regulations," except the payment of
composition, " as in the case of a survey to affect vacant
" land." This act also contained a provision that there should
be a reservation to the state of one fifth part of all mines of
gold and silver found on the said lands.

    The next law which contains provisions of importance
relative to confiscated property is what has been generally
termed the consolidating act, passed at the session of 1784,
ch. 55; by which the funds in general of the state,
comprehending, among other objects, all confiscated British property
unsold, and not specially reserved (subject to the disposal of

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