THE QUIT-RENT RELIEF ACTS
OF
1786 & 1787

Laws of the State of New York Volume One

CHAP. 23. [NINTH SESSION]

An ACT for the Collection and Commutation of Quit-Rents.

Passed 1st April, 1786.

Be, it Enacted by the People of the State of New-York, represented in Senate and Assembly, and it is hereby Enacted by the Authority of the same, That in all Cases where any Person or Persons, being Citizens of this State, or of any of the United States, is or are, or shall be seised of any Lands or Tenements in this State, charged with the Payment of Quit-Rent, it shall and may be lawful to and for such Person at any Time on or before the first Day of January next, to pay to the Treasurer of this State for the Time being, for the Use of the People of the State, all the Arrears of such Quit-Rent then due, in any public Securities receivable in Payment on Sales of confiscated Estates, or in any other Securities or Certificates issued or to be issued by the Treasurer of this State, and at the same Rate such Securities and Certificates are receivable in Payment for confiscated Estates; but no Quit-Rent which accrued between the Twenty-ninth Day of September, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-five, and the Twenty-ninth Day of September, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-three, shall be demanded or exacted from any such Person or Persons.

[paragraph 11]

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid That no purchaser of forfeited estates shall be liable to pay quit rents for any lands purchased or to be purchased by him or her, but the same and all the arrearages thereof shall be and are hereby forever remitted.

[paragraph 14]

And whereas many of the inhabitants of this State have been driven from their habitations by the incursions of the enemy and thereby have been greatly distressed, therefore

[paragraph 15]

Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid That any person or persons having been so driven off as aforesaid, shall be exempted from paying any arrears of quit rents now due and which are required to be paid by this act for so much land and was included in the farm whereon they actually resided and from which they were driven as aforesaid provided such farm does not contain more than one hundred & fifty acres. And provided that any person claiming such exemption shall produce a certificate signed by one of the judges of the inferior court of the county wherein such person resides specifying that he or she was obliged to quit his or her farm on account of the war, and also specifying the number of acres contained in such farm.

Laws of the State of New York Volume Two

CHAP. 76. TENTH SESSION

AN ACT to amend an act entitled an act for the collection and commutation of quit-rents. Passed the 11th of April, 1787.

Persons driven from their Habitations exempted From Quit-Rents, Upon producing Certificates.

WHEREAS sundry Circumstances have intervened which have rendered it impossible for those from whom Quit-Rents were due, to discharge or commute for the same by the Times limited in the Act entitled An Act for the Collection and Commutation of Quit-Rents, passed the 1st Day of April, 1786: Therefore,

[Section]

V. AND whereas many of the Inhabitants of this State have, during the late War, been driven from their Habitations, by the Incursions of the Enemy, and thereby have been greatly distressed; Therefore, Be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That any Person or Persons having been so driven off as aforesaid, shall be, and hereby are discharged from paying as well all future Quit-Rents, as those which have already become due to the People of this State, for so much Land only, and no more, as was included in the Farm whereon such Person or Persons actually resided, and from which he or she were driven as aforesaid. Provided, That any Person claiming such Exemption, shall produce a Certificate, signed by one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County wherein such Person did reside, specifying that he or she was obliged to quit his or her Farm, on Account of the War, and also specifying the Number of Acres which it shall appear to such Judge, were contained in such Farm; and provided such Certificate shall not intitle any Person to a Remission for more than One Hundred and Fifty Acres. And, Provided also, That such Certificate shall be delivered to the Assessors herein before mentioned, where Assessments shall be made, previous to the making of such Assessment, or to the said Treasurer, where Quit-Rents shall be paid without Assessment.

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