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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1757-1761
Volume 9, Page 116   View pdf image (33K)
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116 Correspondence of Governor Sharpe.


[Sharpe to Calvert.] 26th Decr 1757 transmitted by Capt. Somerville
Having at length had the pleasure to receive your three
Letters dated the 7th of April 13th of July & 12th of August
last I shall now give an answer to those parts of them that
seem to require one. I am glad to find that His Lordship
approves of my having dismissed Mr Edward Tilghman from
the office of Keeper of the Eastern Shore Rent Rolls & that
he has no other objection to Mr Wm Thomas's being continued
in that office than that he lives on this Side the Bay. Since
that is the Case I must take the Liberty to assure you that this
accidental Circumstance is so far from being disadvantageous
to His Lordship's Affairs that it is really of great Use & Ben-
efit & enables Mr Thomas to bring those Rentalls out of Con-
fusion into Order with Abundance more ease to himself & to
every one else concerned than if he resided on any Part of the
Eastern Shore. You know it is not the Business of a Rent
Roll Keeper to ride about & look after the several Tracts of
Land the Rents whereof may at any time happen to be dis-
puted, that is the Business or Duty of the Farmer who may be
charged with such Rents, & whose Interest it is to recover
them; The Rent Roll Keeper is only concerned with the
Farmers & the Agent & ought in my opinion to reside if pos-
sible in or near the Place where the Farmers can most con-
veniently attend on or meet him & where Recourse might on
occasion be most readily had to the Land Records. This
place then can be no other than Annapolis because here all
the Records are kept & hither all the Sheriffs (who are now
the Farmers) are obliged to come three or four Times a year
to make their Returns to the Provincial Courts & to pay the
Excise & Land Tax to the Commissioners of the Loan Office.
There are many Conveniences or Advantages besides that
arise from the Keeper of the Eastern Shore Rent Rolls residing
here wch it would be tedious to enumerate but which Experi-
ence has discovered; while the Impropriety of a Keeper of
the Western Shore Rent Rolls residing on the Eastern Shore
is exceedingly obvious, & I may add likewise that if the Agent
was also to become an Inhabitant of this City there would not
be often such Delay in doing Business as there must neces-
sarily be at present.
As Mr Tilghman for Reasons best known to himself did
while he was in Office enter in the Books the Names of a great
many Tracts of Land that have not paid Quit Rent these hun-
dred years, if ever; the Farmers on the Eastern Shore are
thereby laid under prodigious Difficulties & find themselves

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