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DAVID TASKER TO THOMAS COOTE.
COLONIAL RECORDS, 1813.
30th July, 1813.
The Grand Jury has taken into consideration His Excellency the Governors letter of the 28th instant addressed to you relating to giving grants of land in small portions to industrious individuals for the purpose of cultivation, and requiring their suggestions as to regulations to be adopted with respect to making and preserving of Roads and Bridges Rules respecting Fencing and to what degree it might be advisable and advantageous to impose conditions calculated to enforce an easy but gradual cultivation of the Lands so granted.
The Grand Jury are of opinion that the main or principal roads should at least be left eighty feet wide this will enable individuals to lay wood on the sides if found necessary, without inconvenience to the public, and that the cross roads should be left thirty feet wide.
As to means of raising funds for making and preserving Roads and Bridges, the Grand Jury wish further time for consideration particularly as a plan of these Lands to be granted is promised by you to be submitted for their inspection in a few days.
The Grand Jury are of opinion that picketed Fences at least five feet high should be put up to divide private properties and that the proprietors should constitute equally to pay the expense of such Fences, and keep the same in good repair and along the roads they may be allowed to have either Pickets or longer fences as may be most convenient.
The Grand Jury are also of opinion the proprietors of these Lands should be obliged to cultivate at least half an acre each Year, until the whole is cultivated, supposing these grants about four acres each and in the like proportion for larger grants.
I am, etc.,
(Sgd.) DAVID TASKER,
THOMAS COOTE, Esq.,