I came across a Virginia patent the other day that had lines like the
NW 32 poles 39 chains,
SE 24 poles 27 chains,
I didn't know what to make of this. After playing around with it for a
while I remembered that sometimes you see
NW 32 degrees 39 poles
This is a rare variation on the much more common:
N 32 degrees W 39 poles.
I changed the deed to reflect this and it worked perfectly. Somehow in
copying the survey or patent the clerk turned degrees into poles.