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George by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland king Defender of the faith etc To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that for diverse good Causes and Considerations but more especially for and in Consideration of the sum of forty Shillings of good and lawfull mony for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia We have given granted and Confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and successors Do give grant and Confirm unto George Alves of Hanover County one certain tract or parcell of Land containing four hundred acres lying and being on both sides of Beech Creek in the County aforesaid and bounded as followeth (to, wit) Beginning at a white oak on the upper side the Creek running west one hundred poles to a white oak and hickory, thence South three hundred and Twenty poles to a white oak in a slash thence East two hundred poles to several marked trees thence North three hundred and Twenty poles to three white oaks thence west one hundred poles to the Beginning With all woods underwoods swamp marsh lowgrounds meadows feedings and his due share of all veins mines and quarries as wel discovered as not discovered within the bounds aforesaid and being part of this said quantity of four hundred acres of Land and the rivers waters and water Courses therein Contained Together with the privileges of hunting hawking fishing fowling and all other profits Comodities and hereditaments onto whatsoever To the same or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining To have hold possess and Enjoy the said Tract or parcell of Land and all other the before granted premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said George Alves and to his heirs and assigns forever To the only use and behoof of him the said George Alves his heirs & assigns forever. To be held of us our heirs and successors as of [our manor] of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in free and Comon soccage and not in Capite or by knights service yielding and paying unto us our heirs and successors for every fifty acres of Land (and so proportionally for a lesser or greater quantity than fifty acres) the fee rent of one shilling yearly to be paid upon the Feast of Saint Michael the arch angel and also Cultivating and Improving three acres part of every fifty of the Tract above mentioned within three years after the Date of those presents Provided alwaies that if three years of the said fee rent shall at any time be in arrear and unpaid or if the said George Alves his heirs or assigns Do not within the space of three years next Coming after the Date of these presents Cultivate and Improve three acres part of every fifty of the Tract abovementioned Then the Estate hereby granted shall Cease and be utterly determined and thereafter it shall and may be lawfull to and for us our heirs and successors to grant the same Lands and premises with the appurtenances unto such [other] person or persons as we our heirs and successors shall think fit In Witness [whereof we have caused] these our Letters patents to be made [Witness] our trusty and welbeloved Hugh Drysdale Esqr. our Lieutenant Governor and Comander in Chief of our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the Twenty-fourth day of March one Thousand seven hundred and Twenty five in the Twelfth year of our Reign Hugh Drysdale