and the yearly rent of two hundred pounds of tobacco, per|
hundred acres, hereby ratifying, confirming and allowing
what you shall act pursuant hereunto as our own act and deed.
To have, hold and enjoy the powers granted you by this
commission, with all such fees, benefitts and perquisites as
shall grow due to you for executing the same, during our
pleasure and noe longer. Given under our hand and lesser
seale at armes, this 19th day of March, 1683."
LIBER R. R. R. fol. 71.
Without pretending, to exhibit all the instructions given¾The instruments of lease were
from time to time on this subject, I shall observe that it
became by degrees the general system of the successive
proprietaries, to let out their manors and reserved lands on
leases, as well for lives as for years, until it was at length
thought expedient to make sale of them, for which purpose
several orders and commissions were issued in the latter
period of the proprietary government, and in particular a
commission from Frederick lord Baltimore, to Horatio Sharpe,
Daniel Dulany, and John Morton Jordan, Esquires,
bearing date in January 1766, under which and the instructions
accompanying and following them some sales were effected.
A great quantity of lands, however, remained on lease, and
the plan of disposing entirely of the manors and reserves
seems to have been laid aside, as, many leases were renewed,
and I believe new ones granted, subsequent to the
ulteriorly, not executed or recorded in the land office. The
business of leases was under the direction of the governor and
the receiver general, assisted by the stewards of the manors
and reserves, whose duty it was to keep the last mentioned
officer informed of all occurrences affecting his lordship's
interest within their spheres of inspection. Such further
notice as this subject may require, will appear in our account of
the proprietary's revenue system, to which, in fact, it