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The Town Officer; Or, The Power and Duty of Selectmen, Town Clerks..
1791. Portland, 1791. 1st ed.. Portland, 1791. 1st ed. Scarce First Edition of Freeman's Town Officer Freeman, Samuel [1743-1831]. The Town Officer; Or, The Power and Duty of Selectmen, Town Clerks, Town Treasurers, Overseers of the Poor, Assessors, Constables, Colectors of Taxes, Surveyors of High Ways, Surveyors of Lumber, Fence Viewers, and Other Town Officers. As Contained in the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With a Variety of Forms for the Use of Such Officers. To Which Are Added, The Power and Duty of Towns, Parishes and Plantations; And a Plain and Regular Method to Keep Accounts of the Expenditures of Monies Voted by a Town; Upon an Inspection of Which, The State of Its Finances May at Any Time be Known. Portland [ME]: Printed by Benjamin Titcomb, Jun. 1791. 178 pp. Final advertisement leaf and rear endleaf lacking. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities and rear board, light rubbing and a few inkstains to front board, hinges cracked. Light browning to text, some leaves have minor edgewear, cellotape repairs to two clean tears on front free endpaper. Nineteenth-century annotations to endleaves (recording family tree of the Jack family), interior otherwise clean. A nice copy of a scarce title. $500. * First edition. Freeman's long career included two terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1776, 1778) and a long tenure as clerk to the state courts. At other times he served as a probate judge. He also wrote several legal manuals. The Town Officer includes oaths, instructions, descriptions of powers and duties of officials, tables and also an extensive appendix that includes an outline of the power and duty of a grand jurors, a table of crimes and punishments, and an index. The final edition of this guide, the eighth, was published in 1815. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8278.
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