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Language of material
Added language of material: French
Scope and content
Sous-fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, accounts and legal records created and maintained by the Commission on the Abolition of the Seigneurial Tenure.
Conditions of access
Copyright belongs to the Crown.
Biography / Administrative history
The Act for the abolition of feudal rights and duties in Lower Canada (18 Vict, c 3), which received Royal assent on December 18, 1854, put an end to the seigniorial system in Canada. Commissioners were appointed under this Act and assigned a number of seigniories. Starting on February 26, 1855 Henry Judah, Siméon Lelièvre and Louis Archambault were responsible for carrying out preliminary organizational work pending the decisions of the tribunal created by the Attorney General on a number of legal questions. The greater part of their work took until November 1862, when most of the commissions were revoked. The Court of Revision, on which three commissioners sat, had met to issue definitive rulings on judgments concerning which objections had been raised. Once the work of the inquiry was complete, the Commission's documents were deposited in the office of the Receiver General, who was responsible for continuing to make compensation payments to the seigniors. Henry Judah continued, as an employee of the Receiver General, to manage the Commission's affairs. For reasons that are difficult to explain, the documents in this series come primarily from the Commission's Quebec City offices. RG19 General Inventory
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