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Van Rensselar, Henry R.
Four-page deposition on land fraud perpetrated through the use of soldier's bounties
Claverack, Columbia County: June 20, 1790. Small folio, 13" x 8"; pp. [4]; previous folds, splits neatly repaired with some minor loss to text, overall legible and clean. Legal papers filed by Henry Van Rensselar regarding a land fraud scheme in which soldiers were impersonated, their rights to lots of property deeded to nefarious accomplices, and the resulting property to be split among the conspirators. Land bounty warrants were used by New York as a way of enticing men into service. In 1781 bounties were offered to raise two regiments of troops for three years' service, and the next year bounties were offered to any person or militia "class" providing a soldier to serve in any of the five New York Regiments. Van Rensselaer recounts that he was approached by Charles Vincent and offered one third of the bounties he had procured if he would go down and "take the acknowledgements." After some hesitation Henry agrees and meets Elias Jackson, Selah Francis and James Goodrich, Charles' co-conspirators. His conclusion is the following: "That when the deponent came to take the acknowledgement of the deeds on the last day ... he discovered that the person was withdrawn as to one of the deeds and a different person presented - and, this deponent farther saith that James Francis and Goodrich gave Jackson a conveyance for two thirds of the lots contained in the respective conveyances and that Jackson would not have his name inserted in the first deeds because he remarked it might lead to a discovery or suspicion - that it was agreed by Jackson Goodrich and Francis that Taine shoul … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books [U.S.A.]
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