At 7/6/2016 17:04, Mike Pierce wrote:
I disagree with this, at least not how it's used in Baltimore
an example, a patent for "Cubb Hill" in 1696 has the 2nd and 3rd lines
described as "south west _and_ by west 534 perches, then south east
_and_ by south 150 perches, then ..."
When it was resurveyed in 1755, the surveyor quoted the original survey
as "SW by W 534 p, SE by S 150 p, then..." (no "and", but clearly the
same lines) and laid out the resurvey the same. I've found that the use
of the word "and" was typical in older patents and then dropped.
Sounds like the basis for a lawsuit to me! <g> One of the many
reasons why so many older surveys led to legal battles leading to
penury (or at least less wealthy) for many well-known figures of a
few hundred years ago.