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MVB, Report on an act for the relief of Benson Hunt, 11 April 1816

The attorney-general, to whom was referred the engrossed bill, from the honorable the Assembly, entitled "an act for the relief of Benson Hunt," reported as follows, to wit:

That the allegations of the petitioner are, that lot number eighty-eight, in Marcellus, has escheated to the state; that Thomas Fields, claiming to be the cousin of Philip Fields, to whose name the lot was drawn, has sold his right to the petitioner, but that in consequence of the alienism of the said Philip, nothing passed by his deed; the bill assuming all the facts set forth as true, grants the lot in question to the petitioner. All the evidence accompanying the bill to establish material facts is the affidavit of Thomas Fields himself. It is for the Senate to decide whether, on such evidence, they will grant the property in question. It is the opinion of the attorney-general, that the evidence is weak and unsatisfactory, and that the grant would be of dangerous precedent.

M. VAN BUREN, Attorney-General.

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Source: Journal of the Senate of the State of New York
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)