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Kilty's Land-Holder's Assistant, and Land-Office Guide
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were given in some instances, as will be noticed in
another place. The practice took its rise in the strong
inducements of the Proprietary to effect settlements in the frontier
parts of his Province, for which purpose it was necessary to
carry to those quarters the requisite facilities for taking up
land, which for still greater encouragement was, as some of
the Conditions of Plantation will shew, set at half the price
of land elsewhere¾This was in fact the case at some periods
with the whole of the Eastern Shore, but the lands on the
Chesapeak were at that time generally taken up.


    5th April 1653. These are to authorize Mr. Thomas
Hatton his Lordship's Secretary to grant Warrants for land
upon Patuxent River notwithstanding any former directions
from me to the contrary in any place there at a convenient
distance from any Indian town there as the Surveyour shall
think fit, to any persons that have or shall before such
Warrant granted make their rights duly to appear. The
Warrants already granted by myself, as also the rights of Mr.
James Knott, so far as he hath made demand be first served
¾Given the day and year abovesaid.

                                        WILL. STONE.

    LIB. A. B. and H. fol. 309.

" At a Council held at St. Mary's on Friday the 6th of June

    " Then it was ordered that this Oath should be tendered
unto every person entering rights to land upon record.

    " You shall swear that these persons here by you named
" were transported into this Province here to inhabit, and
" that no land hath been taken up for them legally within the
" Province, So help you God."

    COUNCIL BOOK, H. H. fol. 148.

    On the 18th of February, 1667, Daniel Jenifer was
appointed to prove rights and grant Warrants by a Commission
from the Governor Charles Calvert, of which the following
is an Extract.


    " I do hereby empower and authorise you Daniel Jenifer
" Clerk of the Secretary's Office and the Provincial Court
" to prove all rights of land, that shall be originally due to
" any person or persons whatsoever and allowed according
" to his Lordship's Conditions of Plantation in such cases
" made and provided; also to sign, subscribe, and seal with
" the seal of the said Office all Warrants for land be they of
" what nature soever that have just grounds from the said
" Conditions for the issuing of the same or upon any
" considerations whatsoever now used and allowed in such cases
" in the said Office
¾signifying under all and every such

Source: John Kilty. Land Holder's Assistant and Land Office Guide.
Baltimore: G. Dobbin & Murphy, 1808. MSA L 25529.

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