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Instructions for Mr. James Thomas Surveyor
Having seen your Plot and Field Notes relating to your late Survey of the South Branch of Rappahanock River, We have considered your Report made us thereon, And are of Opinion/ That as the South Stream or Branch of the last Fork called & known by the name of Conaway River appeared to you to be Greater than the North Branch which you went up and surveyed, after Mr Greme had - refused to trace up sd Branch tho you often insisted on it / That it is absolutely necessary for the better Discovery of the Several Branches of Rappahanock you should Survey and measure the sd Conaway River and insert it in your Plot, we do therefore Order and Direct you to prepare your Self with all possible Dispatch in Order to go on your sd Survey the first good Season of Weather, And that your hire five or more Chain Carriers as the Service may require and at the customary Wages. We desire you to send Mr.Greme notice of these our Orders that in Case the Kings Commsission direct Him, he may accordingly attend and assist you therein. We expect you will apply yourself and men with all Diligence in the Execution of this further "[illegible]", and give us Account thereof. We are your loving friends Ch Carter W Beverly W Fairfax
County of King George Feb'ry 5, 1736
1736 Feby 15th