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NEW ENGLAND SHERIFF:

OR,

DIGEST OF THE DUTIES OF CIVIL OFFICERS;

BEING A COMPENDIUM OF THE

LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS,

WITH REFERENCE

TO THOSE OF THE NEIGHBORING STATES,

UPON THOSE SUBJECTS.

WITH COPIOUS FORMS.

BY ISAAC GOODWIN,

COUNSELLOR AT LAW.

• It ought distinctly to be understood, that when sheriffs conduct with good
faith, neither the court, the bar, nor the public should favor prosecutions
against them for inadvertent mistakes."

Opinion of the Court, 2 New Hampshire Reports, 147.

TWorcester:

PUBLISHED BY DORR AND HOWLAND.

BOSTON : RICHARDSON, LORD AND HOLBROOK.

GGG

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit : [L. S.]

District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the sixteenth day of November, A.D. 1830, in the fifty-fifth year of the Indepen. dence of the United States of America, DORR AND HOWLAND, of the said District, have deposited in this Office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit :

“ New England Sheriff: or, Digest of the Duties of Civil Officers; being a Compendium of the Laws of Massachusetts, with reference to those of the neighboring States, upon those subjects. With copious Forms.By Isaac Goodwin, Counsellor at Law.“ It ought distinctly to be understood, that when Sheriffs conduct with good faith, neither the court, the bar, nor the public should favor prosecutions against them for inadvertent mistakes."

Opinion of the Court, 2 New Hampshire Reports, 147. In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentionad:"' and also to an Act entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, an Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching Historical and other Prints.”

Clerk of the District

JNO. W. DAVIS,} CFMassachusetts.

4.6-51

PREFACE.

No branch of the law, presents subjects, calling for prompt and correct decision, more frequently than that relating to the various duties of civil officers. Questions involving the rights of persons and property, oftentimes must be determined by the ministers of the law, without an opportunity for deliberate inquiry, or for that patient investigation which is generally permitted in other departments of jurisprudence. Nor, is it the executive officer alone, that is called upon for a hasty determination. Inquiries are daily presented to members of the profession, upon this part of legal science, an answer to which cannot long be delayed, without jeopardizing valuable interests. To arrive to a satisfactory result, the statutes and adjudged cases of his own State, at least, comprised in more than a score of volumes, and those of no diminutive size, must be consulted, and critically collated. The exigencies of the community, seemed therefore, to require a compendium of this branch of the law, systematically arranged, which would at once serve as a convenient manual: for officers; and by fur

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