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my deputy have a convenience to survey it. Given under my
hand this 24th of May, 1663.

                                        HIEROME WHITE."

    " I doe hereby order and impower you, Richard Hill to
cause to be marked some trees on a small tract of land, about
four hundred acres, or thereabouts, lying at the head of
Bohemia river, being the usuall landing in the road to
Appaquiminy. Given under my hand this 26th June, 1675.

                                        CHARLES CALVERT.


        LIBER No. 15. folio 360.


    The resurveys under the direction of juries, and the annual
circuits made, and courts of enquiry held, by the surveyor
general, are among the usages long since laid aside. The
former must have been enormously expensive to the parties,
and their verdicts on record afford abundant evidence of the
incompetency of the people usually summoned on those
occasions to weigh and compare the testimonies offered. They
were not in use in the latter period of the proprietary
government. As to the courts of enquiry, for holding which
annually in every county a particular commission was issued
to Baker Brooke, esq. in 1674, it is not known in what
degree this design took effect; any more than that of
processioning for the establishment of boundaries, of which there
appear some traces, although I do not perceive any better
authority for it than a bill published for the consideration of the
people, but never passed into a law. They have been at all
events so long abandoned, as to be in a manner out of
knowledge at the present day.

    The only remaining subject that I shall notice under this
head is the proceeding by writ of extent; a thing which has
indeed no necessary connection with the land office, but
which nevertheless, in the jumbled situation of all public
establishments and proceedings in the infancy of the province,
appears like a part of the system under examination. Without
undertaking to explain the term extent I will shew how the
proceeding so called was applied in Maryland: The act for
deserted plantations, passed in 1650, subjecting lands to
forfeiture in the cases therein specified, contained an exception
in favour of orphans under sixteen years of age: in the
following year the proprietary's attorney general, Mr. Thomas
Hatton, represented to the court that some manors and other
lands were, under colour of that exception, claimed on
behalf of orphans, which would otherwise have been forfeited;
but that no measures were taken for paying the arrears of
rent, or seating the plantations, so as to afford a probability of

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