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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... not been dealt with in the same clear and simple manner. To return to our subject, let me impress upon the surveyor the necessity of always laying out fences in such a manner as to avoid carrying any surface water away by underground means, and always to let this be his maxim--"All surface water to be carried away by furrows, ditches, and open watercourses. Pipes only to be used for underground drainage." When a surveyor is called upon to set out new fences to regulate matters of exchange, or to divide lands for purposes of sale or otherwise, let him always be wise enough, whenever such division comes between, arable and pasture land to have his ditch in the arable field. It is a difficult matter--in fact, I believe, without incurring great expense, it is impossible--when a ditch is in a pasture field to keep cattle out of it. I have known boundaries much damaged and valuable cattle sacrificed for lack of forethought in this simple matter. Building plots should always be measured in feet and inches and in every case the frontage and depth should be shown in figures on the plan. When called upon to divide a frontage, measure its entire Vide " Levelling," by Sims. length, then measure off the piece first required to be sold, and afterwards measure the remainder to prove the accuracy of the work. Repeat this operation at every sale, or you will be certain to find a difference between the last piece on the plan and the last plot on the ground, which, besides creating much that is unpleasant, might end in a law suit or damage to your professional reputation. Bear in mind you are employed as a surveyor because you are considered reliable. It is always advisable to see that the builder commences his work properly and that he...
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Thomas Holloway is a distinguished historian at Cornell University.
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