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William Kilty et. al., (eds).The Laws of Maryland from the End of the Year 1799,...
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    Charles County,                    On Digges his Purchase, in Wiccocomico
                                                        river, formerly Fendell's, on the creek.
                                                    On the Church land, on the east side Port-Tobacco
                                                        creek, near the mouth of the creek.
                                                    On Stump-Neck, near Climyomixon, on Mr.
                                                        Reddish his land.
    Baltimore County,                In Patapsco river, near Humphrey's creek.
                                                    On Bush river, on the town land, near the Court-House.
    Talbot County,                     Near Trdaven creek, at the town land.
                                                    In King's creek, near the old town.
                                                    In Wye river, town land there.
                                                    At the town land, at the Fork in Chester river.
    Somerset County,                *  In Wiccocomico river, on the south side, on the
                                                        land next above the land of the Orphans of
                                                        Charles Ballard.
                                                    On the land on the north side of Mudford creek,
                                                        viz. Smith's and Glannill's land.
                                                    On Horsey's land in Annimessex.
                                                    On Morgan's land, commonly called Barrow's
                                                        towards the head of Pocomoke.
                                                    On the land between Mr. Jenkins's plantation, and
                                                        Mr. Howard's plantation on the north side of
    Dorchester County,             At Worgan's land, near to the head of Fishing
                                                        creek, in Little Choptank.
                                                    On Traver's land, on the west side of the northwest
                                                         branch of Transquaquin river.
    Cecil County,                         At Capt. John's creek, William Price's plantation,
                                                          in Elk river,
                                                     In Sassafras river, William Frisby's plantation,
                                                          in Worton creek,
(2.)  Commissioners appointed in the several counties, to execute the powers given
by this act, as well for purchasing the aforesaid town lands, &c. as for laying out
and surveying the several ports, towns, &c. and marking and staking out the lots,
&c.  (3.)  †  The commissioners, or major part of them, some time before the
25th March 1684, to meet on the respective lands, &c. and agree with and purchase
of the owners, &c. 100 acres of convenient land, and cause the same to be
surveyed, marked and staked out, and divided into convenient streets, lanes and
alleys, with open places to be left for erecting church, chapel, market-house, or
other public buildings, and the remaining part of the said 100 acres, to divide into
100 equal lots, marked on posts towards the streets and lanes, with No. 1, 2, 3,
&c. to 100, of which the owner of the land, to have his for choice for one lot.
No person to purchase more than one lot, during four months, after the 25th
March 1684, and the lots to be purchased by inhabitants of the county only.  But
if not taken up by them within the said four months, then to be free to any person
whatsoever, to take up the same, paying the owner proportionably.  (4.)  If
the owners refused, or were disabled by legal incapacity, to sell, the commissioners
were empowered to issue their warrant to the sheriff, to summon a jury to
value the lands, and the damage by them assessed, to be paid to the owners, by
the person taking up lots, in proportion to their lots.  (5.)  The commissioners
were impowered to summon the surveyor general, or his deputy, in each county,
to survey and lay out each 100 acres aforesaid, and to mark and stake out the 

same into 100 equal lots, with streets, &c.  (6.)  After such survey, laying out and
valuation, any person making choice of a lot, and making entry thereof, with the
person appointed by the commissioners to keep the book of entries, and paying
or giving security for payment of such sum, as should be by direction of the commissioners,
rated upon such lot, and payable to the owner of the land; and building
on such lot one sufficient twenty foot square house, at the least, before the
last day of August 1685, each respective lot to be held of the lord proprietary, his
heirs, &c. for ever, under the yearly rent of one penny current money, for each
respective lot, the same, or any other manner of settlement or building thereon,
according to the directions of this act, shall invest the said taker up and builder,
with an estate of inheritance in the said lot, to him, his heirs and assigns for ever.
And also, upon tender of payment, and refusal, the said building as aforesaid,
with proof of such tender and refusal, shall be binding to all intents and purposes,
against the said parties so refusing, their heirs, &c.  (7.)  The commissioners for
each respective county, named in this act, shall appoint a person to keep a book,
wherein to enter down each man's choice of any respective lot, &c.  (8.)  The


Passed 6th of Nov.

*  See 1684, ch. 2, s. 3.

†  See 1684, ch. 2.

                    VOL. IV.                            23


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