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In 1786, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed an act that allowed unimproved land owned by non-residents to be sold for back taxes. In 1788, Caleb Chapin purchased at public auction, the fifty acres of lot number 48 in Bernardston. This document attests that Jesse Field, the tax collector, had the authority to sell this land, and grants Chapin, his heirs and assigns, free inheritance.

 

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Public Vendue of land in Bernardston for non-payment of taxes to Caleb Chapin

creator   Jesse Field
date   Apr 8, 1788
location   Bernardston, Massachusetts
height   12.25"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Government/Society Records
accession #   #L04.049


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