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. That is, the Province Statute of Frauds, Act of 22 Oct. 1692, c. 15, 1 A&R
46–47 (patterned after the English statute, 29 Car. 2, c. 3 ), which provided
that “For prevention of many fraudulent practices which are commonly endeavoured to
be upheld by perjury and subornation of perjury ... [§3] all devises and bequests
of any lands or tenements shall be in writing, and signed by the party so devising
the same, or by some other person in his presence and by his express directions, and
shall be attested and subscribed in the presence of the said devisor by three or four
credible witnesses, or else shall be utterly void and of none effect.” The Act further
provided that no devise in writing should be revoked or altered other than by destruction
by the testator, or “by some other will or codicil in writing, or other writing of
the devisor, signed in the presence of three or four witnesses, declaring the same.”
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.