PROPRIETARY AGENT. A proprietary agent was a business representative of the proprietor of an American colony. The proprietors of New York, Carolina, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all found it necessary to employ agents to attend to colonial business both in London and in America. Sir John Werden served as the Duke of York's agent in England, and John Lewin went to the colony as special agent to report on financial conditions. Before 1700 Henry Darnall served Lord Baltimore as a private agent in Maryland, and this office was continued through the colonial era. Proprietors frequently acted as their own agents in London.
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