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Judgment against William R. Baker [1820-1890]

By TEXAS REPUBLIC. Fannin County.

Bonham, Texas: Probate Court, 1846. . These seem to document charges incurred in settling the estate of a relative. Baker went to Texas in 1837. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad; in 1852. From 1880-1886 he was the Mayor of Houston. Part owner of the "Houston Post in 1883. See Handbook of Texas. Of particular interest is the printed list of charges which the court could levy prior to statehood.


"Obscene" Literature and Constitutional Law

By [LAWÑFREEDOM OF THE PRESS]. Schroeder Theodore

New York: Privately Printed for Forensic Uses, 1911. . 8vo, green buckram; black leather spine label. Review copy with slip pasted in before the title page A compelling argument for free speech, by a founding member of the Free Speech League and well-known New York attorney. Seemingly rather early for this subject and well before the 1928 banning of "Lady Chatterly"


A Treatise of the Civil Jurisdiction of the Justice of the Peace, in the State of New-York


Albany: Wm. Gould & Co., 1821. . 8vo in half-sheets; full contemporary calf, corners worn and 1/8 inch lacking at head of spine; foxed and browned throughout, some corners turned down First Edition. Ownership signature of Elisha Barlow (c.1749-1828) Member of New York state senate Middle District, 1806-1810.


[Judgment against William R. Baker]


Fannin County, Texas: Clerk, 1845. . Printed broadside, 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, finished in manuscript; has been folded in half and then in thirds. It is docketed on the verso Baker is fined $10.00 plus $1.75 costs and 60¢ interest. The bottom half of the document is a "Taxed list of Costs", on the "Clerk's Fees" side the relevant articles have been filled in which amount to the $1.75. Beside this is a list of "Sheriffs Fees" covering Empanneling a jury; summoning witness; taking bond, levying execution, etc. Baker moved to Texas in 1837 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad (1852). From 1880Ð1886 he was Mayor of Houston. He owned part of the Houston Post (1883). The judge was William N. Porter who also came to Texas in 1838 and in 1841/42 he represented Bowie County in the House of the Sixth Congress. See "Handbook of Texas" for both men


A Digest of the Common Law, The Statute Laws of Massachusetts, and of the United States, and the Decisions of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Relative to the Powers and Duties of Justices of the Peace...

By DICKINSON Rodolphus

Deerfield: John Wilson, 1818. . Large 8vo, full law sheep, black spine label; 2-inch separation in front outer hinge, but boards tight and firm; front free endpaper detached, all endpapers browned due to acidic reaction; contemporary ownership signature on blank preceding title A.I. 43857; Marvin p. 266. First and only edition of an early Justice of the Peace manual; almost half the precedents are American, which is unusual for this period. Despite the faults enumerated, this is an exceptionally good copy


A Compilation of the Laws of the State of Georgia, Passed by the Legislature since the Political Year 1800, to the Year 1810

By CLAYTON Augustus Smith

Augusta: Adams & Duyckinck, 1812. . 4to, full contemporary sheep with morocco spine label; worn; 18th century floral leaf ruled panel; paper of poor quality and browned as usual. De Renne page 346. This compilation is preceded by two Philadelphia digests of 1800 and 1801 and two Savannah digests of 1802. These laws are extremely scarce; this firm having seen only two over a period of many years. Of particular interest are the treaties with the Creek Nation. The tooling on this volume is of great interest, it has not been seen before by Willman Spawn who felt that it was 18th century in design, possibly by an early Georgia binder.


Lines on the Occasion of the Separation of the Jurymen of the Superior Court February 25th, 1874


Boston: Mandell Pratt & Co., Steam Printers, 1874. . 8vo, pink printed wrappers, back wrapper detached A chronicle of a jury session written in humorous verse. Extremely scarce OCLC lists only Brown University, Massachusetts Historical Society, and Harvard Law School. The author produced one other publication: "Lines on the occasion of the fifty-ninth anniversary of the Amicable Fire Society"--Brown being the only holding library cited


The self-taught Conveyancer or Farmer's and Mechanics' Guide...By a Gentleman of the Bar


York, Pa., Printed & Published by: P. Hardt and to be had of Shaeffer and Maund, Baltimore, 1819. . 12mo in half-sheets; sheep-backed marbled boards, worn, spine lacking top half inch; ball-point note on front free endpaper, some foxing and staining throughout, mostly caused by the use of very badly made paper which is an odd combination of laid and wove, no watermarks, but undoubtedly of American manufacture "A compilation from the most approved authorities of the various instruments of writing, which are found necessary in the common concerns of the Farmer, Mechanic and man of business". The first gathering in 2 is laid; signatures B-E are wove, and signatures FÐH-are laid and the final signature, unsigned is in 4 and must represent the remainder of the unsigned A signature


A Supplement to the selection of all the Laws of the United States Now in force, Relative to Commercial Subjects

By [TARIFFS]. Brice John

Baltimore: Published by the Editor, 1816. . 8vo, printed gray wrappers, lacking back wrapper; top and bottom outer corners dog-eared; foxed. Bound in an extra title page and table of contents No copies located in OCLC. The NUC records this as an "add-on" to the major work and of the libraries listed as having one or both, we have only been able to locate the major work in their on-line catalogues a copy, but some of the libraries are not on-line. An unusual compilation of tariffs and commercial laws; issued as a working manual for customs officials. There are sections on duties charged for various imported items; items imported duty free; regulation of foreign currency. This is a supplement to the main work which was published during the War of 1812 and as such has appended "The Convention to Regulate Commerce Between the Territories of the United States and His Britannic Majesty"


Catalogue of Books Relating to the Literature of the Law Collected by the Late...

By PRUYN John V. L.

Albany, N.Y. : Riggs Printing and Publishing Co., 1901. . 4to, red cloth, beveled edges, paper spine label; some minor rubbing to front cover; small chips at head of spine NUMBER 15 OF 125 COPIES PRUYN, John Van Schaick Lansing, a Representative from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., June 22, 1811; pursued classical studies and was graduated from the Albany Academy in 1826; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Albany in 1832; held several local offices; appointed a regent of the University of the State of New York in 1844; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Thirty-fourth Congress in 1854; member of the State senate in 1861; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Erastus Corning and served from December 7, 1863, to March 3, 1865; elected to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1864 and 1868; resumed the practice of law at Albany, N.Y.; chancellor of the University of the State of New York from 1868 until his death in Clifton Springs, Ontario County, N.Y., November 21, 1877; interment in Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, N.Y.


A Treatise on Rents, Real and Personal Covenants and Conditions


Albany: W. C. Little & Co., Law Booksellers, 1857. . Tall 8vo, law sheep, red and black spine labels


Henry W. Williams. Agency for Procuring United States, Canadian, and European Patents


Boston: 258 Washington Street, 1883. . 8vo, printed wrappers with the front wrapper having a vignette of the Patent Office, the whole tied (through two holes) with a blue silk ribbon which is affixed with a red paper seal to the front cover in imitation of a ÒPatentÓ Page [1] blank; p. [2]: larger vignette of the Patent Office with a very brief history; pp. [3]Ð8: short paragraphs as followsÑ "Who is Entitled to a Patent?Ó; ÒDuration of PatentsÓ; ÒThe ApplicationÓ; ÒIf you Desire to Patent an InventionÓ; ÒDifficult and Rejected CasesÓ; ÒDesignsÓ; ÒRe-IssuesÓ; ÒCaveatsÓ; ÒTrade-MarksÓ; ÒPrints and LabelsÓ; ÒCopyrights, Etc.Ó; ÒPersonal Attention, Promptness, Etc.Ó; ÒValidity, InfringementÓ; ÒWashington AgencyÑOur associate in Washington is an attorney of experience, recognized ability and high standingÉacting as associate counsel in Appeals, Interferences, Hearings, etc.Ó; ÒForeign PatentsÓ; ÒLibrary, Etc.Ó; and finally ÒReferencesÓ


A Report of all Such English Statutes as Existed at the Time of the First Emigration of the People of Maryland

By [MARYLAND]. Kilty William

Annapolis: Published under the Directions of the Governor and Council, Pursuant to a Resolution of the General Assembly, 1811. . + leaf of errata. 4to, contempory full calf, worn, front cover expertly rehinged; contemporary signature of an A. W. Archer on the front free endpaper dated 1835 and later signature of a George M. Gill on the front pastedown Marvin p. 490. Kilty was born in England, but came to America shortly before the Revolutionary war in which he was an army surgeon. He was one of founders of the Society of the Cincinnati. A study of the English laws which were considered applicable to be retained by Maryland; also a section on those laws which were considered non-applicable


Report of the Committee on the Abolishment of Capital Punishments


Providence,1838.. Single sheet, printed on both sides OCLC lists four holding libraries: Yale, Harvard Law, Brown, and Rhode Island State Library. This is a minority report of the committee, signed in print by two of its members: William Read Staples and Samuel Y. Atwell. Interestingly one of the arguments for abolishing the death sentence is that "the severity of such punishments favors the escape of the guilty. There are many persons in our community who will not complain or prosecute for a crime punishable with death...[these are] murder, rape, robbery, arson burglary and petit treason [petit treason is the murder of a person by someone who owes that person allegiance, i.e. the murder of a master by his servant; or that of a husband by his wifeÑsee O.E.D.] Some of these remotely affect property, some endanger life, and some are the destruction of life. Yet the same punishment awaits them all." After rebutting the likely responses to the abolition of capital punishment, the report ends: "We appeal now to the Legislature of Rhode-Island to try another experimentÑone which is approved by the philosophy of a Franklin, the philanthropy of a Rush, and the research of a Livingston. By adopting it before any of her sister States, Rhode-Island will show that she still possesses that independence of feeling, sentiment, and action, which characterized her first settlers, and will regain that proud pre-eminence among them, which she only lost by their imitating her example


An Authentic copy of the French Constitution, as Revised and Amended by the National Assembly, and Presented to the King on the Third of September, 1792 BOUND WITH [French translation of same]

By [FRANCE]. National Assembly

London : Debrett, 1791. . 8vo, disbound; tight very clean copies After very long negotiations, the constitution was reluctantly accepted by King Louis XVI in September 1791. Redefining the organization of the French government, citizenship and the limits to the powers of government, The short-lived French Constitution of 1791 was the first written constitution in France, created after the collapse of the Absolute Monarchy of the Ancien RŽgime. One of the basic precepts of the revolution was adopting constitutionality and establishing popular sovereignty, following the steps of the United States of America and Poland. This Constitution was presented to Louis XVI in September, just four months ago his unsuccessful flight to Varennes. He and his wife were arrested in August 1792 remained in captivity until their death by the guillotine on 21 January 1793 (the King) and 16 October 1793 (Marie Antoinette).


Laws of the United States Governing the Granting of Army and Navy Pensions, Together with the Regulations Relating Thereto


Washington: Government Printing Office, 1887. . 8vo, printed pink wrappers, front inner top corner chipped, minor chipping on spine and front edge if wrapper Includes entitlement for those serving in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and of course the Civil War, although strangely this war is not listed in the Index, but reference is made to "colored" soldiers and slaves who served in the "war of the rebellion" as well as to widows of Afro-American and native Americans. As to those who "is any manner voluntarily engaged in, or aided, or abetted, the late rebellion against the authority of the United States"--no money on account of pension shall be pad to any person, or to the widow, children, or heirs


Catalogue of Law Books, Law Reports, works on Political Economy, &c.

By [LAW]. HOMANS S. S., Bookseller

Saint Louis: The Company , . . Broadside, printed on one side only, 14 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches Not in Romaine, although the Romaine Collection at UC Santa Barbara does have some Homans catalogues


The Self-Taught Conveyancer or Farmers' and Mechanics' Guide: Being a Compilation from the Most Approved Authorities...

By [ANONYMOUS]. Gentleman of the Bar

York, Penn.: P. Hardt and to be Had of Shaefer and Maund, Baltimore, 1849. . 12mo in half sheets, marbled boards, worn; brown leather spine lacking top half inch; ballpoint notation on front free endpaper A.I. 49395; Cohen 8144


Address of the Graduating Class of the Department of Law...June, 23d. 1869


Jackson, Miss.: Clarion Book and Job Printing, 1869. . 8vo, disbound, gutter showing evidence of previous pamphlet binding Two copies in OCLC: Harvard Law and the University of Mississippi. Wiley Pope Harris (1818 -1891) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi. He attended the University of Virginia and graduated from the Law Department of Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1840. Harris was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855). He declined renomination in 1854 and consequently resumed his law practice in Jackson


Lawyers Collect: An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Selected from the Private Collections of Members of the New York Bar

By [LAW--COLLECTING]. Association of the Bar of the City of New York

New York: M. Knoedler & Company, 1965. . Tall 8vo, printed stiff buff wrappers


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