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Commission on the Abolition of the Seigneurial Tenure sous-fonds [textual record]. 

Sous-fonds consists of



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

13.56 m of textual records

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.

Textual records
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

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

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the sous-fonds.

No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
Researchers will find other documents of the Commission in the Pre-Confederation series entitled "Lower Canada and Canada East: Commissions relating to seigneurial tenure" (MIKAN 125679, RG4-B-53).


Other system control no.