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Pepper, C[alvin]:

MANOR OF RENSSELAERWYCK. BY...COUNSELLOR AT LAW. PUBLISHED BY THE ALBANY AND RENSSELAER ANTI-RENT ASSOCIATIONS.

Munsell, Albany: 1846 34pp. Disbound, Very Good. In the 1600's English colonial governors confirmed the Van Rensselaer title to 720,000 acres in upstate New York. Thereafter, the Van Rensselaer family and similar owners "agreed that the land should never be alienated in fee simple. Instead the manors were peopled with settlers farming under life or perpetual leases, on land encumbered by what revolutionary America recognized as 'feudal' obligations." McCurdy, The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839-1865 [2001]. The Anti-Rent movement sought abolition of these manorial tenures. Thousands of tenants in the great estates refused to pay their rents, encouraged by some Whig and Democratic politicians. The difficulty was that the land barons' contract rights had been firmly established. This pamphlet challenges the Van Rensselaer family's claim of title, illuminating much early colonial history. "The author went into the patroon's wood-lot and cut down a tree, informing him of it, hoping to provoke a suit for trespass, that would test his title. Nothing came of it" [Munsell]. FIRST EDITION. Munselliana 284. AI 46-5615 [5]. Not in Cohen, Harv Law Cat, Marke, Eberstadt, Decker.


Book Id: 19057

Price: $375.00

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