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Kilty's Land-Holder's Assistant, and Land-Office Guide
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February session, 1777, have been noticed in the preceding
chapter. The act of April session, 1782, Chap. 38, sec. 4, after
reciting that many certificates remained in the hands of the late
examiner, directed that he should deliver on or before the
first day of July then ensuing, all such certificates, whether
passed or not, to the register of the land office for the
Western Shore, who was to receive the fees due on the certificates
examined and passed by the said examiner, and pay the same
over to him or his order; and the register was to deliver any
erroneous certificate to the owner, on his giving his receipt
therefor, and paying the fees due for examining thereof,
which were also to be paid over to the said examiner or his
order, and the owner might compel payment of such fees from
the surveyor who returned such erroneous certificate, or if
dead, from his executors or administrators.

    In regard to composition remaining, or to become, due
on surveys made, or warrants issued, under the former
government, the 1st section of the same act provided that
surveys made before the first day of March, 1777, or made since
under warrants issued before that time, might be compounded
on by the first of November, 1782, after which day, warrants
might issue to affect the land remaining unpaid for; provided
that if the certificate of any such survey was lost, mislaid, or
erroneous, or where the owner was an infant, or caveat
remained in force against issuing grant, or default in payment
had not been owing to the neglect of the owner, warrants
should not issue to affect such surveys without the express
licence of the chancellor, and with a further proviso that the
owner of a certificate not compounded on within the time
limited as aforesaid, might, at any time before application for
a warrant to affect the land, obtain a grant, on paying for
surplus or vacant land 7s. 6d. per acre, or for escheat lands two
thirds of the actual value, and for improvements, if any, the
full worth thereof as in other cases.

    By the 2d section of the same act it was directed that all
certificates returned, or to be returned, in virtue of warrants
or orders granted before the first of March, 1777, should lie
in the office three months from the first of July then ensuing,
before they could be entitled to patent.

    By the 4th section of the act of November session, 1781,
ch. 20, it had been provided that the owners of certificates
already made or returned should pay the sum of one shilling
and eight pence current money per acre, meaning, it is
presumed, so far as the land included in such certificates had not
been paid for on obtaining the warrants, as, in case of vacancy
comprehended in resurveys, or the quantities of original
warrants being exceeded. This was no more than to say that the
former rate of composition should be paid on land surveyed

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