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LEWIS LAND GRANT N COLONIAL times an immigrant to Virginia who was
of age and could prove he had paid the cost of his passage from
Europe could claim a "headright," which entitled him to 50 acres of
the public domain. He could also take up 50 acres for each adult
male member of his household. The man availing himself of the
headright privilege was required to settle on the land, to improve
at least six per cent of the acreage, and to pay each year a
quitrent of one shilling (17 cents) for each 5 acres. The tendency
of this system was to fill Virginia with a good class of citizens.
The principle on which it is based is the same as in the case of
the present homestead law of the national government. Fifty acres
was also the amount of public land which might be taken up by the
private soldier of the Indian wars, by virtue of a proclamation of
the royal governor of 1763. In Bath the headright was not permitted
to cut any figure. As for the corn right and tomahawk right, which
are one and the same thing, they did not acquire a recognized
status until 1766, and consequently have no actual bearing on the
settlement of this county. Another system was the order of council.
The governor, with the concurrence of his council, a body of men
corresponding to the present state senate, would grant a huge block
of land to an individual, or to a group of men acting as a company.
In theory the purpose of the order of council was to settle a
minimum number of families on the grant within a stated time. The
grantee was supposed to be prohibited from charging more than a
specified price per acre. He issued deeds, just as though the grant
was owned by himself in fee simple. In modern usage the order of
council would be defined as a method of colonization. But in
practice there was created...
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