The Land System in Maryland, 1720-1765

The Land System in Maryland, 1720-1765

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...of tobacco per taxable laid for the support of the clergy. In 1764 Dulany wrote of the ill effects of this tax (Calvert Papers, No. 2, p. 240). "Calvert Papers, MS., No. 1161; Calvert Papers, No. 2, p. 241; Archives, vol. vi, p. 37. 1754, and how in 1764 Dulany wrote that an advance in the purchase price without a corresponding reduction of the officers' fees "wou'd effectually put a stop to the Business of the Land-office." A few years later Hugh Hamersley, when asked about the possibility of making the settlement of the Pennsylvania line an excuse for advancing the quit-rents to ten shillings per hundred acres, replied in a similar strain that he thought such a step would put a stop to all applications to the land office.96 These expressions, though coming mostly from men personally interested in the fees of the land office, nevertheless have a ring of genuineness which shows that in the opinions of those who held them the quit-rents were at the highest point the land would bear. The fears of these men were fully borne out by the results of the one experiment with a ten shilling quit-rent. It will be recalled that the quit-rent was fixed at four shillings per hundred acres in 1671, and the purchase price at forty shillings per hundred acres in 1717. The quit-rent was raised in 1733 to ten shillings per hundred acres, but in 1738 was put back to four shillings and the purchase price advanced from forty shillings to one hundred shillings. The effects of these changes on the business of the land-office were startling. During the five years preceding the advance of the rent to ten shillings, warrants were taken out for an average of 28,535 acres per year. During the six months following the advance there were warranted only 692 acres. In...
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