of the addition to the price of land to be, that one half of|
the fees due to the proprietary's officers, were given to the
king's secretary; but that if it might be thought fit to restore
the land records and the fees to those officers, the addition
should be taken off, and security given for the safety of the
records, &c. The proposition approved by the committee
and the lower house, and a conference therein requested."
UPPER HOUSE JOURNAL, commencing 1699¾fol. 287.
Report of a conference appointed to enquire into
aggrievances relating to the land office, and lord Batimore's
" The conferees having laid before them and read the
message of the house, and the order of his late majesty in
council, concerning the division of the fees of that office between
lord Baltimore and secretary Lawrence, report:
" That an act or ordinance ought to be passed, that ¾
whatever warrants hereafter may be drawn by his lordship's
officers, and assigned either in whole or in part, that on return of
the certificate, it shall be lawful for the owner to demand a
grant thereof, notwithstanding the purchase money be unpaid
by the first taker up of the warrant, and that notice thereof
to be given to his lordship's agents:
" That forasmuch as the land records are much torn,
damnified, and some part lost, and that the offices for granting of
lands are now in two several persons, which were heretofore
entire, and that their being so divided occasions his lordship
to double the purchase of his warrants, they pray her
majesty may be addressed for remedy thereof."
UPPER HOUSE JOURNAL, commencing 1699¾fo1io 303.
OF THE PROPRIETARY'S RENTS AND REVENUE AFFAIRS.
THE revenues of the lord proprietary were of two
general kinds; the one being derived from his territorial rights
under the charter, and the other from the concessions and
bounty of the province. It is the first kind, only that has
much connection with land affairs; and this embraced a
variety of branches, among the principal of which were the
purchase money of lands granted to settlers, and the quit