New York Assembly. Report on a
Petition from George Fisher1
[New York, February 8, 1787]
Mr. Hamilton, from the Committee to whom was referred the petition of George Fisher, reported, that they have enquired into the circumstances of his case, and are of opinion that it will be proper to grant him relief, either by taking back the land mentioned in his petition, and returning the deposit money, or by setting off to him so much of the land as will amount to the deposit money, in proportion to the whole, and taking back the residue. That a clause be inserted in some proper bill for this purpose, and that in the mean time the Attorney General be directed to suspend all proceedings against the petitioner.
New York Assembly Journal description begins Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1788). description ends , 1787, 39.
1. George Fisher, who had supplied New York troops during the American Revolution, had purchased extensive tracts of land from the state in 1786. On January 27, 1787, his petition, “praying to be relieved from a purchase of real estate purchased of the State,” was read and referred to a committee of which H was chairman. The precise nature of his petition was described in the resolution which was passed by the Assembly consonant with H’s report. The resolution ordered the attorney general to “… stay all further proceedings upon the bond given by George Fisher to the Commissioners of Forfeitures in the Southern District, for the purchase money of certain lots of ground, forfeited to the People of this State, by the attainder of James De Lancey, Esquire” (New York Assembly Journal description begins Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1788). description ends , 1787, 39.)