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Duchy of Lancaster Act 1779

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III Chancellor and Council of the Duchy of Lancaster impowered to sell the said Fee-farm Rents, &c.; but notfor less than 25 Years Purchase.E+W+S

It shall and may be lawful to and for the Chancellor and Council of the Duchy of Lancaster for the Time being, to sell and dispose, and thereupon to grant and assure, in the Name of the King’s Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, under Seal of the said Duchy, unto or to the Use of the respective Purchasers of the said Rents, and to their Heirs for ever, all and singular Fee-farm Rents, Rents Service, Rents Seck or Dry Rents, Quit Rents, Chantry Rents, Guild Rents, and other Rents, due and payable to the King’s Majesty, as Parcel of the Possessions of his said Duchy, and now being within the Survey and Receipt of the said Duchy, and the Officers of the same, at and for such Considerations in Money as the said Chancellor and Council shall think fit, . . . F1; and the several Grants and Assurances of any such Rent or Rents, to be so made under the Seal aforesaid, being inrolled in the Court of the Duchy Chamber of Lancaster, within twelve Calendar Months next after the respective Dates thereof, shall be good, valid, and effectual in the Law, unto the respective Grantees and their Heirs; and that all and every Person and Persons, Bodies Politic and Corporate, his and their Heirs, Successors, and Assigns, having and taking any such Grant or Assurance, and causing the same to be inrolled as aforesaid, shall, by Force and Virtue of this Act, be adjudged to be in the actual Seisin and Possession of the Rent or Rents so purchased and conveyed, and shall hold and enjoy the same in perfect Peace, freed and discharged of and from all Claims and Demands which can or may be made by his Majesty, his Heirs or Successors, or by any Person or Persons claiming any Estate, Right, or Interest, by, from, or under, the said Trustees, or the Survivor of them, and of and from all Manner of Incumbrances whatsoever, heretofore had or charged upon the same Rents, and as fully and amply as his Majesty, his Heirs or Successors, or the said Trustees, or the Survivor of them, or his Heirs, might or could have held or enjoyed the same; and shall have and enjoy, under their said respective Purchases, all and every the Benefits and Advantages for the Recovery thereof, and the Arrears thereof, as are or were given or allowed to Purchasers of any Rent or Rents in and by the said Act of the twenty-second Year of King Charles the Second, and by the said other Act of the twenty-second and twenty-third Years of the same King, and in as large and ample Manner and Form as if such Purchasers had purchased the said Rents under the Trustees appointed or authorised in and by, or under and by virtue of the Powers contained in the said Acts, or either of them.

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