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Kilty's Land-Holder's Assistant, and Land-Office Guide
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to the deputy surveyors: a letter was, in consequence,
received, in August 1769, by a member of that board, from
Benjamin Young, Esq. surveyor general of the Eastern
Shore, in which he stated that several of the deputies there
had refused to qualify under those instructions. The precise
ground of their objection does not appear, as Mr. Young,
instead of explaining it himself, introduces for that purpose
a letter from one of those deputy surveyors, inveighing with
great violence against the instructions, and more particularly
against the oath, without stating the points in which the
former were deemed exceptionable. Mr. Young apprehending
that many warrants would go out of date for want of
surveyors to execute them, and fearful that the evil might be
attributed to him unless he could shelter himself under the
authority of those who had issued those instructions, desires to
know who those gentlemen are, in order that he may, in case
of persecution by " the enemies to government," fly to them
for support and redress; declaring at the same time that he
does not perfectly know them, " never having had their
names," but only knows them collectively as the board of

    The board upon considering this and other communications
upon the same subject, and upon a re-examination and
comparison of the instructions in question with those under
which the deputy surveyors had theretofore acted, find them
in substance the same, except the 22d article (to which they
affirm no real objections can lie) and also the oath therein
prescribed; which latter " being solely intended to prevent
" any undue measures being pursued by the said deputies to
" the prejudice of the public," the board determine that no
alteration ought to be made therein, or in the instructions.

    It appears therefore, as I have said, that there were
instructions to surveyors prior to those of the board of revenue,
but from the disturbance occasioned by these it would seem
that the preceeding ones had fallen into neglect, the
surveyors not being bound by a special oath to their observance. The
loss of those former instructions, since these are
substantially the same, is of no consequence, except that we cannot
ascertain their date, further than that it was subsequent to the
rise of proclamation warrants. I shall now insert these and
all remaining documents belonging to the ancient practice,
and shall add to this last collection such miscellaneous
passages and references, hitherto omitted, as may serve to throw
further light on any part of the preceding enquiries.

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