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underwent no further revolution of any importance. The
occasional changes which still took place in those of the land
office, will presently be noticed.

     The history of Maryland abounds in other events and
incidents important in themselves, but which have, in general,
too little connection with the practice of the land office to
require to be noticed in this work. Even those which have a
direct relation with land affairs are so blended in their origin
or effects with matters of a different nature, that it is difficult
to touch upon them without being led into subjects purely
historical, and such as it would perhaps be better to pass over
entirely than to notice in a partial and imperfect manner.¾
Among these are the disputes, proceedings, royal orders,
and agreements relative to the bounds of the province; and
the various transactions, wars, treaties, &c. between the
colonists and the Indians. Either of these subjects is too
copious to admit of any thing like a regular and full account
in the space that could here be assigned for the purpose.
The latter has been already dismissed, with a particular
reservation. In regard to the disputes of limits, their
influence upon some of the (d) conditions of plantation and the
range which has been taken in other matters, seem to
require that the general and most prominent facts at least
should be stated. The first contest of lord Baltimore
relative to the extent of his grant was with the Virginians: the
dispute turned upon the precise situation of Watkins's Point,
on which depended the cross line that was to divide the
county of Northton or Accomack in Virginia from the districts
of Annamessex, Monoakin, &c. in Maryland.

    The proprietary's governor claiming the beginning of his
patent where it was afterwards acknowledged to be, and
finding that settlements had been commenced in that quarter
under the authority of Virginia, commissioned John Elzey
and two other persons to repair to the place, and grant
warrants, under particular and favourable conditions, to such as
would take them. On the arrival of these commissioners,
and notice of their errand, a demand was made by Edward
Scarborough, surveyor general of Virginia, that they should
acknowledge obedience (e) to his majesty, as being out of
lord Baltimore's jurisdiction, and he proposed at the same
time the appointment of commissioners to determine the
situation of Watkins's Point. Elzey and his associates paid
no regard to this requisition, but continued to fulfil the views
of the proprietary by encouraging surveys and settlements
under his patronage. The dispute was at length terminated
by Philip Calvert, chancellor of Maryland and the above

    (d) Those which relate particularly to the Eastern Shore.

    (e) Virginia was under a royal, and not a proprietary, government.

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