Yale Historical Publications; Miscellany Volume 6

Yale Historical Publications; Miscellany Volume 6

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... bookkeeping by the sheriffs was another cause of trouble. Often the accounts were so badly kept that it was impossible to estimate the arrears due on a given tract, especially as the rent rolls were in an equally unsatisfactory condi 1 Act, October, 1748, Hening, Statutes at Large, VI, 168-171. 2Richard Corbin to Auditor-General Cholmondeley, November 7, 1763, Richard Corbin's Letter Book, II, 36. This large balance was offset by a bond of only 6,000. Cal. Treas. Papers, VII, 475. 3Corbin estimated the profits from his oflice for one year at 320 6s, all of which had been swallowed up in'the hire of a clerk and miscellaneous expenses. Corbin to John Roberts, July 29 and December 1, 1762, Richard Corbin 's Letter Book, II, 9-11, 19-20. '-Corbin to Roberts, December 15, 1767, Richard Corbiu's Letter Book, tion. As transfers were usually 'not entered on these rolls, the quit-rents on alienated lands were often not collected, while the many irregularities in the land system increased the general confusion. The deputy auditor passed the quit-rent accounts according to the best information he could secure from the sheriffs, but the numerous errors in bookkeeping, and the generally unsatisfactory condition of the rent rolls, undoubtedly enabled much land to escape payments altogether. An attempt was made in 1767 to improve the situation by drawing up, in a "clear manner,"' an exact rent roll for each county and a further reform was promised by an instruction to Lord Dunmore, in 1771, to have a survey made of the entire colony, and to see that every patent was entered upon the rent rolls. 2 If these orders had been carried out, the quit-rents, and incidentally the land system of Virginia, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944712
  • 9781236944719