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Kilty's Land-Holder's Assistant, and Land-Office Guide
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    ALTHOUGH the examination of proclamation and surplus
warrants led us in some degree into the third period of the
proprietary government, it was necessary to notice those
matters, (general in point of time) which form the subjects
of the three last chapters, before we proceeded to exhibit the
main body of the documents belonging to that period.
There will, even after the insertion of these, remain various
matters to be discussed and illustrated, which are not
particular to either of the three periods into which, for the sake of
lief and distinction in so blended and confused an enquiry,
I have considered the aera of the provincial government as
being divided. Here, however, appears to be the proper
place for the third collection of instructions, and other
important papers found on record; they will not reach entirely
to the time of our revolution, as there are some others which
will come in more properly after we have noticed the
revenue system of the proprietary, and, in particular, the erection
of a Board of Revenue, by which some of the latest
instructions were issued. But although the documents now to be
inserted may anticipate some matters of recital and remark yet
to appear, the judgment of the reader will easily direct him
as to their proper application. This collection begins with
the commission to Charles Carroll, Esq. which gave such
umbrage to governor Hart, although I do not perceive that it
contains any thing absolutely new, for, the office of chief
escheator, of which the governor particularly complained, as
being an office of record, had before that time been vested as
well in the surveyor general as in the proprietary's agent, and
the management and (a) receipt of the tobacco and tonnage
duties had also been formerly among the chief agent's
authorities. I am not certain, considering the violent outcries of
Mr. Hart about the powers conferred on Mr. Carroll that the
last mentioned gentlemen did not obtain a commission still
more extensive than this, but no other is found on record, and
the disappointment of the governor, and those of his party, at
finding that Mr. Carroll was to continue in the confidence
of the new proprietary, was sufficient to raise objections against

    (a) This was also complained of, and especially because the receipt of
Mr. Carrol comprehended what was destined to the purchase of arms and

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