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Committee to inquire


His Excellency the Governour having, by Proclamation bearing date the 21st day of March, in the present year, declared that His Majesty hath given orders, that all vacant Lands within this Colony shall be put up in lots at publick sale, and that the highest bidder for such lots shall be the purchaser thereof, and shall hold the same subject to a reservation of one-half penny sterling per acre, by way of annual quitrent, and of all Mines of gold, silver, and


precious stones, which terms are an innovation on the established usage of granting Lands within this Colony:

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to inquire whether His Majesty may, of right, advance the terms of granting Lands in this Colony, and make report thereof to the next General Assembly or Convention; and that, in the mean time, it be recommended to all persons whatever to forbear purchasing or accepting grants of Lands on the conditions before-mentioned; and that Patrick Henry, Richard Bland, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Carter Nicholas, and Edmund Pendleton, Esquires, be appointed of the said Committee.