Appointment of James Thomas, Jr., 1736 Sept. 28.
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By the commissioners appointed on behalf of the Right Honble Thomas Lord Fairfax proprietor of the Northern Neck. By virtue of the powers and authorities to us given we do humbly nominate and appoint you James Thomas junr. Surveyor, in conjunction with such surveyor as shall be appointed on the part of His Majesty to survey and trace the North branch of the River Tappahannock alias Rappahannock from the first Great Fork of the said river next above the falls thereof up the main stream to the first heads of springs taking it's breath and depth at the said fork and all other proper places And we do require you at your return to prepare and deliver to us an exact plan or map of the same together with a fair copy of your field notes wherein shall be fully and clearly described all the streams or Rivers falling into the same by such names as they are known or called by ye Indians or other Inhabitants, and also to find the variation of the compass and take observations of the Latitude at all proper places as may be necessary for the greater accuracy of your plan. And we do hereby give unto you full power and authority to take with you three Chain Carriers to be duly sworn according to the law of this country and to agree with them at two shillings and six pence pr day; for which they will be duely paid at your return, as you will be after performing the service aforesaid at the same allowance as shall be made the surveyors appointed on the part of his Majesty. Given under our hands & seals at Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County the 28 day of Septr Ano Dom 1736 NB. The Scale to be 800 Poles to an Inch