Petition of Harry Beverley, 1711 Nov. 2.
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To ye Honble A. Spotswood her Majties Lieut Governr of Virga. Harry Beverley of Middx County Humbly Sheweth That he having a title in Right of his wife to a Seat of Land near Potobago in Essex County & One John Hawkins of the said County pretending a right to lands by an Elder patent in or near ye same place, and sometimes pretending to have great part thereof within ye bounds of ye petrs [petitioner's] patent. Upon ye first beginning thereof, Your petr upon examination into the matter, Supposed that if the said Hawkins had any pretence of land there his claim lay higher up and further back, so that it could not interfere with yr petrs bounds; and considering that if the said Hawkins came to have his land laid out within the bounds of the petrs patent, the said back land being about Six or seven hundred acres would be left as Queens land: And therefore on or about ye 3d of April 1703 Entered ye same with Capt Charles Smith then Surveyor of the said County and left rights in his hands for ye Same; but withall told him, that he could not make ye Survey till the bounds were settled between ye petr and the said Hawkins, and that it was certain where ye said Hawkins land lay. But the said Charles Smith ye Surveyor having a greedy eye after the said Land so as aforesaid Entered by ye petr, contrived to lay off ye said Hawkins his claim so as to make it cut off a great part of ye petrs patent land, without any reasonable pretense for so doing, and without notice to ye petr, and has thereby created many lawsuits and disputes between ye said Hawkins & ye petr which have continued till this time; ye unjust foundation he then laid giving countenance to it. In ye mean while ye said Charles having laid off ye said Hawkins his land so, Enters into confederacy with on[e] Thomas Thorp, and at ye six months end after the said Harrys Entry pretending that ye same was left & forfeited, perswades the said Thorp and makes an Entry & Survey of the said Land in Thorps name solely, taking promise from him at the ye same time to have half ye land when patented. But some occasion or other causing a Stop on ye Issueing of patents for some time, ye sd Thorp died ye patent unissued. Then ye said Smith still endeavouring to deceive and supplant your petr in his said Entry, returns a new Survey of ye same land into mr Secretaries office in ye name
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