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A View of the Constitution of the British Colonies London, 1783
1783. Notable Study of the British Colonies by a Southern Loyalist Judge Published in 1783 Stokes, Anthony [1736-1799]. A View of the Constitution of the British Colonies, in North-America and the West-Indies, at the Time the Civil War Broke Out on the Continent of America. In Which Notice is Taken of such Alterations as Have Happened Since that Time, Down to the Present Period. With A Variety of Colony Precedents, Which are Chiefly Adapted to the British West India Islands; And May be Useful to Those, Who Have Any Intercourse with the Colonies. London: Printed for the author and sold by B. White, 1783. [iv], xvi, 555, (1) pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Recent old-style paneled calf, gilt rules and blind fillets to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Light toning to text, somewhat darker in places, internally clean. A desirable copy of an uncommon work. * Stokes, a member of the Inner Temple and the Loyalist chief justice of the General Court of the Georgia colony from 1769-1776, and in restored Royal Georgia from 1779-1782, "gives a very interesting discussion of the state of legal administration in the southern colonies...Stokes also discusses what part of the English Common Law the colonists had brought along with them" (Reinsch). Contents include chapters on the Colonial civil and criminal courts, counsel and attorneys in the colonies, the court of Vice-Admiralty, Negroes in the colonies and the modes of conveyance and manumission. Reinsch, "Colonial Common Law" in Select Essays in Anglo-American Legal History 409-410. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 91994. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law (listed twice) 5423, 6768.
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