1797: 37 George 3 c.119: An act to repeal so much of an act, made in the fifth year of the reign of his late majesty King George the Second, intituled, An act for the more easy recovery of debts in his Majesty’s plantations and colonies in America, as makes negroes chattels for the payment of debts.
[July 19, 1797.]
WHEREAS by an act, which was passed in the fifth year of the reign of his late majesty King George the Second,
[5 Geo. 2. c. 7, recited.]
intituled, An act for the more easy recovery of debts in his Majesty’s plantations and colonies in America, it was enacted and declared, that, from and after the twenty-ninth Day of September one thousand seven hundred and thirty-two, the houses, lands, negroes, and other hereditary and real estates, situate or being within any of the said plantations, belonging to any person indebted, should be liable to, and chargeable with, all just debts, duties, and demands, of what nature or kind soever, owing by any such Person to his Majesty, or any of his subjects, and should and might be assessed for the satisfaction thereof, in like manner as real estates are, by the law of England, liable to the satisfaction of debts due by bond, or other specialty, and should be subject to the like remedies, proceedings, and process, in any court of law or equity in any of the said plantations respectively, for seizing, extending, selling, or disposing of every such houses, lands, negroes, and other hereditaments and real estates, towards the satisfaction of such debts, duties, and demands, and in like manner as personal estates, in any of the said plantations respectively, are seized, extended, sold, or disposed of, for the satisfaction of debts: and whereas it is deemed expedient that the said recited act, so far as it relates to negroes, should be repealed: may it therefore please your Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King’s most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same,
[So much of recited act as relates to negroes in his Majesty’s plantations, repealed.]
That so much of the said in part recited act, as relates to negroes in his Majesty’s plantations, is hereby repealed and made void, and shall be of no effect in future; any thing in the above act, or any other act, to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.