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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe, 1761-1771
Volume 14, Page 137   View pdf image (33K)
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Correspondence of Governor Sharpe. 137

Rents; I think it was upon my Brother Benedict's arrival into
the Province as Lt Govr that Bill was by him reserved & the
Power of receipt of Quit re-asumed according to each parti-
cular Grants; in abe two or three years this scheme of Govr
Harts raised the Lord Proprietors Revenue wh had only
yeilded in the best year abt £1400 pr ann. was arrived to abt
£7000 pr Ann: Note by the Quit Rent Bill the Bill of com-
position in Lieu of demands of Quit Rent also was concluded
to be paid Is per hogshead to the Govr by Virtue of his
demand by a provincial Law passed in Queen Anne to her &
her Heirs as Kings or Queens of Great Britain to them &
their Successors for support of the Govr I think passed in
1704, this Act the Lo. H. growls at, agt the Proprietor his use
for his Lt Govr & so they may Growl as Long as Govermt
Lasts: no Govermt is so weak as to reject Support confirmed
by Representatives to the Crown it self. Another special
matter the Lo. H. declare agt his Lordps Tunnage, they say &
People from thence & here whisper by act the word Fort
Duty not belonging to his Lordp I have answd on such
instances: you Novice, have you read the Tun. Act? No,
then don't believe hearsay, it was tryed in King Wm the 3d's
reign, adjuged no fort Duty the word Fort not mentioned in
the Act & upon tryal by his Majesty in Council, by report made
& adjudged to the sole use to the Lord Proprietors Benefit
Entered in the King's Council Books & from thence recorded
as such in the provincial Council Books, search & you'l
find the Enterance of this Tryal & determination in the pro-
vincial Books. I was doubtful of, caused my writing to you
cong Qre on the Provincial Books & Qre abt the word Fort ? if
Port in the Act? there Entered by you confirm is, by word
Port in the Act, gives me intire Satisfaction Both as to the
stability of the Act for Support of Govermt & of the Tunnage
Act, not in the clutches of the Lo. H. to alter. Note : I pray
learn Again. abl reserved Land in & abt Citys & Towns.
Mr Penn says, he has been strict in that point & of such
instant has been suffered he thinks but one, the market place
at York Town belong to Govr Hamilton. By Acct Philadelphia
City by the Tenure of that City he has secured to him & his
Heirs much reserved Property that brings him much income
Now, wh in time & not very Long will produce to him & will
to his Heirs immense Revenue. Baltimore City said is so far
advanced to vie with Philadelphia in Traffick, its scituation is
by the run of a Large deep fresh stream, not subject to the
Bite of the worm or water Insect flowting in Sea Water, the
ruin to ships Bottoms, the Traffick to that City must greatly
increase, of course in Buildings: the extention of Traffick must
be considerable, the produce of the N. W. part of Maryland,



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