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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1766-1768
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the reversion in 1664 acres part of the land described in the said
act of 1704 is claimed by the heirs of colonel Rider under grants
made many years before that act; but it does not appear in any
manner, that he, or any other person hath ever received any satis-

L. H. J.
Liber No. 52
May 28

faction therefor; and that the reversion in some other parts of the
Nanticoke tract, is claimed under grants to colonel William Ennals,
made since the year 1704. We conceive it to be clear, from the pur-
view of the said recited acts, and of one other act of assembly made
in the year 1723 for quieting the possessions of the Indians inhabiting
on Nanticoke and Choptank Rivers, that the intention of the legisla-
ture was nothing more than to provide for and secure to those people
a dwelling place and the means of a comfortable subsistence so long
as they should incline to remain among us; and therefore, to permit
such of them as are now left, who appear to be very few to sell
the lands, would be directly contrary to the intention of those laws;
and we are also of opinion, that it cannot be for the interest of the
Indians themselves, to be permitted to do so, nor would be consistent
with the justice and to the public and individuals.
Which is read, and approved of, and ordered to be ingrossed
M.r Gresham hath leave of absence till Monday next
On motion, that that part of his excellencys speech which recom-
mends some notice to be taken of the confusion occasioned in this
province by the loss of land boundaries, and the variation of the
compass: Resolved that the same be taken into consideration on
Friday next
The governor communicated to M.r speaker the following message:
May 1768.
Gentlemen of the lower house of assembly,
You will observe by the advertisement herewith sent, what a horrid
piece of villainy hath been perpetrated in Baltimore County. Appli-
cation hath been made to me to grant my pardon to one of the
offenders, in case he shall discover the other; but as I conceive the
offer of a reward would contribute more powerfully to detect and
bring to justice the villains concerned in this attrocious offence, I
recommend to you to appropriate a sum to that purpose that it may
be notified in my proclamation. I might observe to you, that it is not
long since an instance of a similar nature happened in the same
county, which evinces the necessity of pursuing the most vigorous
measures to bring such villains to condign punishment

Hor° Sharpe
The following advertisement
Hunting Ridge May 1768
[This advertisement is printed in full in the Upper House Journal,
[p. 285]
Resolved, that three hundred dollars be applied as a reward for
apprehending the perpetrators of the fact mentioned in the said

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