Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Alleyne, M[arch?] 17, 1772

From John Alleyne3

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

17 M[arch?4] 1772

Dear Sir,

I am oblig’d to enquire in what Manner the People of Georgia usually transfer their Property in Lands, whether by the old mode of Conveyancing by Feoffment or by the modern Refinements of Lease and Release, Bargain and Sale &c.5

As I cannot obtain this Peace of Information from any of my young Friends at the Temple, I trouble You with this Epistle, and shall think myself oblig’d by your Answer. I am Dear Sir Your most Obedient Humble Servant

J Alleyne

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3See above, XV, 182–3.

4This could, of course, be either March or May, and our policy is to choose the earlier.

5The conveyancing of a freehold by feoffment, with livery of seisin, involved a public ceremony in which the donor, before witnesses, invested the donee with the land. The “modern Refinements” were later methods of transferring real property without such a ceremony. In Georgia a statute of 1768 recognized both feoffment and deeds of bargain and sale. Candler, ed., Ga. Col. Recs.,XIX, 96–9.

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