Ontario Government Record Series RG 1-154

Warrants for land grants - regulations of 1 January 1820

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Warrants for land grants - regulations of 1 January 1820
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

54 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of individual warrants for land grants and registers of warrants issued under the Regulations of 1 January 1820.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

In February 1818, Lord Bathurst ordered that fees did not have to be paid on a grant until the patent was issued. This order, along with the Assembly's refusal to finance the Surveyor General's Office, led to a serious shortage of funds. As well, poorer settlers were finding that they were unable to pay the fees required on 100 acre grants within the required period of time. It was as a solution to these problems that the Regulations of 1 January 1820 were promulgated.

For poorer individuals, gratuitous grants of 50-acres each were made available on the understanding that, while the grantee would be excluded from further Crown grants, they would be free to lease reserves. For grants of 100 acres and more, a new, much higher range of fees was established.

It was a complex process to receive a land grant. Many offices were involved and each office (Executive Council Office, Receiver General's Office, Attorney General's Office, Surveyor General's Office, Provincial Secretary's Office, etc. ) maintained its own numbering system for the documents it generated or received relating to these transactions. Within the Surveyor General's Office, warrants issued under the Regulations of 1 January 1820 were numbered and filed separately from other types of fiats and warrants.

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Upper Canada. Surveyor General's Office
Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation reasons.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. No restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the Department of Lands and Forests.
Associated Material

Library and Archives Canada holds a register of "Orders issued to the Surveyor General for gratuitous grants of 50 acres of land to settlers under exclusion from any further grant from the Crown but with the liberty to lease the reserves" covering the period 1820 to 1836 (Reference code: RG 1 L 6 B, volume 17).

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1794-1840 :

Surveyor General's Office (BA84)

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Sub-series that make up this series

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Reference Code Sub-series Title
RG 1-154-1 Individual warrants for land grants - regulations of 1 January 1820
RG 1-154-2 Register of warrants for land grants - regulations of 1 January 1820