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may then compute the Agent's net revenue, omitting fractions of
a penny, as follows: 19

1731 £212. 06. 00 1757 £414. 13. 03

1733 188. 07. 10 1758 381. 05. 09

1748 485. 15. 05 1759 594. 08. 08

1752 575. 15. 00 1760 709. 07. 01

1754 663. 11. 02 1761 798. 14. 08

1755 434. 12. 01 1768 338. 16. 07

1756 410. 18. 08 1769-74 450. 00. 00

Associated with the Agent, and subordinate to him, were two
rather elaborate organizations, one devoted to the granting and
leasing of lands, the other to collection of quit-rents and aliena-
tion fines on freeholds and of rents on leaseholds. The former
consisted of the Judges of the Land Office (and their register)
the Surveyors General (and their deputies), the Examiner Gen-
eral, the Chancellor, and the stewards. The latter comprised the
Rent Roll Keepers, collectors, farmers, receivers, county clerks,
and stewards.

Lord Baltimore himself appointed the Agent, the Judges of the
Land Office, and, under proprietary rule, the Chancellor. The
Judges appointed their register, the Surveyors General their depu-
ties, and the Secretary nominated the county clerks. All others
were appointed, under crown rule, by the Agent, and, under
proprietary rule, usually by the Governor at the Agent's advice.

Any person taking up vacant or escheated land first paid his
caution money to the Agent and received an order for a common
warrant. This warrant, drawn by the Clerk or Register of the
Land Office and signed by the Judges of the same, was issued to
the Deputy Surveyor of a particular county. He now laid off the
required number of acres and sent his certificate of survey to the
Examiner General for inspection and approval. The Examiner
returned it to the Land Office, where the clerk would draw up
a patent. This patent the Chancellor passed under his hand and
seal and left again at the Land Office to be called for by the

commission on the revenue from manors and reserved lands was reduced to five
percent, the half taken off being given to the stewards (Portfolio No, 3, folder 5,
Hall of Records). The first salary raise seems to have come either at the appoint-
ment of Daniel Dulany, Sept 9, 1733, or at that of his successor, Benjamin
Tasker, Nov. 12, 1734.

19 These figures are derived by calculation from tables of the proprietary revenue
in Barker, op. cit., 380-81.


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