Antique book titled, "The Public Statute Laws of the State of Connecticut" by S. G. Goodrich, & Huntington & Hopkins, 1821 Edition. Full-Leather. As revised and enacted by the general assembly in May 1821 to which are prefixed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of Connecticut.
Brown leather with tooled band around outer edges of both front and back boards. Spine has red and black leather bands that still show gilt (gold) lettering.
Book itself weighs 1 lb., 13 ounces. Book measures 9.25” X 5.75” X 2” thick.
Shows shelf wear, scratches - well used by a lawyer from more than a century past. Name signed in ink that appears brown now, "J.P. Marvin's Property, Lyme"*. Corners bumped. Name on front endpaper in antique brown ink. Foxed and age toned throughout.
A great historical document with many quirky and important historical aspects. Page 91 includes An Act for Destroying Barberry Bushes. Page 133 shows the Act to prevent the importation of convicts. Page 274 elaborates on the antiquated Act for providing for the care and government of Idiots, Lunatics and Spendthrifts. Title 50 is an Act for the protection of Indians, and the preservation of their property. Page 428 reveals an Act to prevent slavery. Very good condition for its age! DRCC 109-2014
*Lyme is for the town of Lyme, CT. Initials J.P. most likely stand for Justice of the Peace. The position of justice of the peace originated in England in 1361. In colonial America, the position with its judicial, executive, and legislative powers, was the community's main political force and therefore the most powerful public office open to colonists. The justice of the peace in this period was responsible for arresting and arraigning citizens who violated moral or legal standards. By the early 1800s, the crimes handled by the justice of the peace included drunkenness, Adultery, price evasion, and public disorder. Justices of the peace also served as county court staff members and heard Grand Jury and civil cases. The increasing number of criminal, slave, and tax statutes that were passed during the 1800s also broadened the enforcement powers of the justice of the peace.