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342 LAND-HOLDER'S ASSISTANT.

and unsettled, which titles were secured to them by the
agreement of 1732: but, that not having been able, since, to
acquire legal titles, their lands had been sold as aforesaid.
Without dwelling on all the provisions of the act which was
passed in consequence of this petition, I shall only say that
the relief prayed for was granted, the chancellor being
authorised upon the proof of equitable titles, obtained prior to
the fifteenth day of May 1724, by virtue of, or under, " any
" grant, warrant, lease, patent, licence, or agreement" from
or with any former proprietor or proprietors of Pennsylvania
or their agents, to direct patents to issue for the lands so
claimed, upon the payment of fifteen pounds for every hundred
acres thereof, the fees of office, and the cost incurred by the
state in the making and returning surveys of the said lands,
as well as the costs of suit incurred on the bonds of the
parties, so far as they had not already been remitted by
resolves or acts of assembly; and all difficulty in deriving these
equitable titles from the first acquirers down to the actual
claimants was very liberally obviated; those claimants having
only to prove the original grant, lease, &c. and to shew their
own immediate acquisition by descent or purchase, without
any notice of other intermediate titles. By a supplement to
this act, (1789 ch. 14) all persons similarly circumstanced
with the purchasers aforesaid were to have the same relief.

    There are various other provisions respecting confiscated
property which it would be proper to notice if the design was
to treat of this subject otherwise than as a branch of the
business of the land office, but as all that remains has relation
rather to the subject of finance than to that of land affairs,
which perhaps may be said of some matters that have been
noticed, I shall pursue this enquiry no further, but pass to
another class of laws and regulations having in like manner a
partial, but a somewhat closer connection with the operations
of the land office.

 

CHAPTER V.

 

OF GRANTS OF LAND FOR MILITARY SERVICE, AND PREEMPTION
TO SETTLERS, WESTWARD OF FORT CUMBERLAND.

    IT has been already intimated that, in the course of the
revolutionary war, certain bounties of land had been
promised, for the encouragement of the recruiting service. If other,
and more general, bounties had not been expressly promised





 
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