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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1727-1729 With Appendix of Statutes, 1714-1726
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Acts. 287

venient Place near thereabouts; and shall then and there treat and
agree with the Owners and Persons interested in the said Fifty
Acres, for the same; and after Purchase thereof shall cause the same
to be surveyed and laid out: And after the same so surveyed and
laid out, shall cause the same Fifty Acres to be marked, staked out,
and divided into convenient Streets, Lanes, and Allies; and the re-
maining Part of the said Fifty Acres of Land, as near as may be,
into Eighty equal Lots, marked on some Posts, or Stakes, towards
the Streets, or Lanes, with Number One, Two, Three, Four, and so
on to Eighty; to be divided and laid out: Out of which Lots the
Owner of the said Land shall have his first Choice for two Lots;
and after such Choice, the remaining Lots may be taken up by


Others. And that no Person shall presume to purchase more than
One Lot within the said Fifty Acres, during the first Four Months
after laying out the same. And that the said Lots shall be pur-
chased by the Inhabitants of the County aforesaid. And in case the
said Inhabitants shall not take up the said Lots within the Time of
Four Months after laying out as aforesaid; it shall then be free for
any Person or Persons whatsoever, to take up the said Lot or Lots,
paying the Owner proportionably for the same. And in case the
Owner, or Owners of the aforesaid Fifty Acres of Land, shall wil-
fully refuse to make Sale of the same, or that thro' Nonage, Cover-
ture, Non sanae Memoriae, or any other Disability or Impediment
whatsoever, be or are disabled to make such Sale as aforesaid; that
then the Commissioners aforesaid, or the major Part of them shall
and are, by Virtue of this Act, authorized impowered and required,
to issue out Warrants under their Hands and Seals, to the Sheriff
of the said County; which said Sheriff is also hereby required, upon
Receipt of such Warrants, to impannel and return a Jury of the
most substantial Free-holders, Inhabitants in the said County, to be
and appear before the said Commissioners, at a certain Day and
Time by them to be limited; which Jury (upon their Oath to them
to be administred by the said Commissioners, or the major Part of
them) shall enquire, assess, and return, what Damage and Recom-
pence they shall think fit to be awarded to the Owners of the said
Fifty Acres, and all Persons therein mention'd, according to their
several and respective Interests; and what Sum of Tobacco the said
Jury shall adjudge the said Fifty Acres to be worth, shall be paid to
the Owners, and all Persons interested therein, by such Person or
Persons, as shall take up the said Lots, proportionably to their Lot
or Lots.
And be it further Enacted, that the Surveyor of St. Mary's
County, for the Time being, shall have and receive for surveying
and laying out the Town aforesaid, the Sum of Two Thousand
Pounds of Tobacco and no more; to be paid and allowed him in the
County Levy. And in case the Taker up of such Lot or Lots, refuse
and neglect to build upon such Lot or Lots, within Twelve Months

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