The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)
The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)
The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)
The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)
The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)
The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)
The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)

The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780-1816 (4 vol. set)

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...with the Constitutions of the United States of America, and of the Commonwealth (4 vol set). Boston: Thomas & Andrews | Manning & Loring | Wells & Lilly, 1801-1816. [7198]

Four volumes of the Laws of Massachusetts, beginning Nov. 28, 1780, to February 16, 1816. It is a made-up set from different editions; contents described in detail below. All four volumes with very good bindings, no cracks, light wear/scuffing, small nick to the leather title label of vol. ii. Each 6 1/2 x 10 inches, vols. i., iii., iv. with black leather spine title labels; vol. ii. label is red. Each volume with "The Property of the Town of Windham" written by hand on the front paste-down; each with an Index. Provenance: we recently bought these from a dealer in Maine. A very handsome group. Very good. Leather bound.

The following contents are samples only, not a complete list.

Vol. I. - Thomas & Andrews & Manning & Lorring. June, 1807. November 28, 1780 to June 1791. 520 pp. plus 64 pp. Index. Originally the first volume of the three-volume set.

Includes: The Constitution of the United States, with 12 Amendments, and a proposal by the Third Congress for an amendment, "The Judicial Power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit of law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another State, or by citizens subject to any foreign State; The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Laws including Acts - against Blasphemy; for establishing a Supreme Judicial Court within the Commonwealth; directing and regulating the Process of Outlawry; for encouraging the Killing of Wolves; for the expelling of Aliens as may be dangerous to the Peace and good order of Government; against Duelling; against Adultery, Polygamy, and Lewdness; for providing and regulating Prisons; to prevent the destroying and murdering of Bastard Children; against Hawkers, Pedlars, and petty Chapmen; for the suppression of Lotteries; for regulating the Exportation of Tobacco and Butter, and the Weight of Onions in Bunches, and the Size of Lime-Casks; for regulating Fences; to prevent Gaming for Money or other Property; for the Punishment of Fornication, and for the Maintenance of Bastard Children; for regulating Marriage and Divorce; the orderly Solemnization of Marriage; for establishing Rules and Articles for governing the Troops stationed in Forts and Garrisons, within this Commonwealth, and also the Militia, or any Parts thereof, when called in to actual Service; to prevent Routs, Riots, and tumultuous Assemblies; for the more speedy and effectual Suppression of Tumults and Insurrections; for the due Regulation of licensed Houses; to prevent the Slave-Trade, and for granting Relief to the Families of such unhappy Persons as may be kidnapped or Decoyed away from this Commonwealth; for suppressing and punishing of Rogues, Vagabonds, common Beggars, and other idle, disorderly and lewd Persons; for erecting Work-Houses for the Reception and Employment of the Idle and Indigent....&c.

Vol. II. - Boston: Manning & Loring, 1801. Originally the second volume of a 2-vol. set. Laws from Jan. 1792 to Nov. 1800, followed by President Washington's Address to the People of the United States [Farewell Address], and an Appendix containing Acts and Clauses of Acts, from the late Colony, Province and State of Massachusetts, which either are unrevised, or respect the title of Real Estate. [ii], [523]-1,069 pp. plus 56 pp. Index.

Some of the contents, act - to prevent Damage by mischievous Dogs; for providing for the due Observation of the Lord's Day; to incorporate sundry Persons by the Name of The President and Directors of the Union Bank; for providing Hospitals for Inoculation, and preventing Infection from the Small-Pox; for regulating and governing the Militia of the Commonwealth...; to establish Williams College; to secure to Owners their Property in Logs, Masts, Spars and other Timber; providing for the Relief and Support, Employment and Removal of the Poor; to establish a College in the Town of Brunswick, in the District of Maine [Bowdoin]; making Provision for the erecting of Guide-Posts upon public Roads; to secure to Masters and Mistresses, as well as to Apprentices and minor Servants, bound by Deed, their mutual Privileges; to incorporate sundry Persons by the Name of The Massachusetts Fire Insurance Company; to incorporate certain Persons who have formed a Society for the Information and Aid of Foreigners in their Migration and Settlement, by the Name of The Massachusetts Society for the Aid of Emigrants; establishing and regulating the Fees of the several Officers, and other Persons hereafter mentioned; for regulating Hackney-Carriages in the Town of Boston; to regulate the going at large of Sheep and Rames and He-Goats, at certain Seasons of the Year; for keeping Watches and Wards in Towns, and for preventing Disorders in Streets and public Places; for the Extinguishment of Fire, and to direct the Proceedings thereat; to prevent the spreading of contagious Sickness; to exempt the People called Quakers, from paying Taxes for the Support of public Worship; more effectually to prevent the pernicious Practice of Gaming; to prevent profane Cursing and Swearing; to regulate the Manufacture and Sale of Bread; to empower the Town of Boston to choose a Board of Health, and for removing and preventing Nuisances; empowering Towns to restrain Cattle from running at large; to encourage the Manufacture of Leather, Boots, Half-Boots, Shoes, Pumps, Sandals, Slippers and Goloshoes, and to prevent Fraud therein; to regulate the Inspection of Beef; in Addition to an Act, entitled, "An Act for regulating and governing the Militia..."; providing for the public Worship of God, and other Purposes therein mentioned; &c.

Vol. III. - Manning & Loring. June, 1807. Laws from January, 1801 to February, 1807. Originally the third volume of the 3 volume set. 404 pp. plus 66 pp. Index.

Includes an act - for the Suppression of Lotteries not authorized by Law; for the ascertaining of the rateable Estate within this Commonwealth; providing for the Appointment of Agents for demanding and receiving Fugitives from Justice, and for defraying the Expense of transporting them from other States in the Union to this Commonwealth; directing the Proceedings for the speedy Removal of Nuisances; to provide for the Storing and safe Keeping of Gun-Powder in the Town of Boston; to prevent the Circulation and Currency of Bank-Bills of a Denomination less than Five Dollars; regulating the Hunting of Deer; in further addition to an Act, entitled, "An Act for supporting and punishing Rogues, Vagabonds...&c.; [there are many town Bank Incorporations in this volume]; to incorporate certain Physicians by the Name of The Massachusetts Medical Society; for the Prevention of Horse-Racing; to prevent the wilful Destruction and casting away of Ships and Cargoes; to prevent Fraud and Deception in packing of pickled Fish...; to incorporate The Hampshire Missionary Society; to provide for the Proof of Fire Arms manufactured within this Commonwealth; for the Protection of the Indians and their Property, in that Part of Dukes' County known by the Name of Christian Town; against Forgery and Counterfeiting; providing for the Punishment of the Crimes of Murder, Manslaughter, felonious Maims and Assaults, and Duelling, and the Prevention thereof; defining the general Powers and Duties of Turnpike Corporations; providing for the Punishment of Incendiaries, and the Perpetrators of other malicious Mischiefs; against Sodomy and Bestiality; providing for the Punishment of the Crimes of Robbery and other Larcenies, and for the Prevention thereof; authorizing His Excellency the Governor, by and with Advice of the Council, to provide Regulations for the State Prison; to prevent Damage from firing Crackers, Squibs, Serpents and Rockets, within this Commonwealth; to enable the Proprietors of Social Libraries to manage the same; for preventing Public Stage Plays, Interludes, and other Theatrical Entertainments, in certain Cases; for raising the Sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars, for the Use of the University at Cambridge; to incorporate certain Persons by the Name of The Proprietors of the Boston Athenaeum; to incorporate certain Persons into a Society by the Name of The Massachusetts Society for promoting Christian Knowledge; &c.

Vol. IV. The Public and General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1816. Laws from June, 1807, to February, 1816. 529 pp., xxii. pp. of Index.

Acts: to prevent fraud and deception in curing and packing smoked Alewives and Herrings...; in addition to, and repealing part of the first section of an act, entitled, 'An act for the better regulating of the Indian, Mulatto, and Negro proprietors and inhabitants of the plantation, called Marshpee, in the county of Barnstable..."; regulating the selections, the empannelling, and the services of grand, traverse and petit Jurors..."; requiring the several incorporated Banks in this Commonwealth to adopt the Stereotype Steel Plates in certain cases, and for other purposes; for the better regulating the Indians and other people of colour, Inhabitants of the Island of Chappequidick in county of Duke's County; for regulating, governing, and training the Militia of this Commonwealth [46 pp.]; to ascertain the Rateable Estate within the Commonwealth; to incorporate certain persons by the name of The Massachusetts General Hospital; for the relief of poor Debtors; further regulating Divorces; for the relief of persons who are scrupulous about taking oaths; respecting Publick Worship and Religious Freedom; providing for the Government and Regulation of the State Prison; for the better regulation of the Indian, Mulatto , and Negro Proprietors of Gay Hed in the county of Dukes County; An act to ratify an Amendment of the Constitution of the United States...If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain an present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatsoever, from any emperour, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them; regulating the sale of Indian and Rye Meal; more effectually to secure the Rights of Suffrage; to provide for the safe keeping of Gunpowder, in the town of Charlestown; for the encouragement of Literature, Piety, and Morality, and the useful Arts and Sciences; establishing a Court of Common Pleas within and for the county of Suffolk, to be styod the Boston Court of Common Pleas; to divide th Commonwealth into Districts for the choice of Representatives in the Congress of the United States, and prescribing the mode of election; to protect Minors, and to secure the rights of Parents, Guardians, and Masters; to regulate the custody of shipwrecked goods, and to preserve them for their owners; to protect the Sepulchres of the Dead; authorizing the establishment of Law Libraries; providing compensation to Militia Officers, in certain cases; to regulate the quality of paper for Books of Publick Records; for the suppression and punishment of Cheats; &c.