The First JP Manual Produced in America [Legal Manual]. Conductor Generalis, or The Office, Duty and Authority of Justices of the Peace, High Sheriffs, Under-Sheriffs, Goalers, Coroners, Constables, Jury Men, Over-seers of the Poor, and also The Office of Clerks of Assiza And of the Peace &c. Collected out of all the Books hitherto written on those Subjects, whether of Common or Statute Law. To which is added, A Collection out of Sir Matthew Hales concerning The Descent of Lands. The Whole Alphabetically Digested Under the Several Titles, With a Table Directing to the Ready finding out Proper Matter under those Titles. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by Andrew Bradford, 1722. , xii, 232 pp. [with] The Office, Duty and Authority of Sheriffs, How and in what Manner to execute the same, according to the Common and Statute Laws of Great-Britain, which are now in Force and Use. Likewise, Of Under-Sheriffs and their Deputies; and where the High-Sheriff shall be answerable for their Defaults, and where not, &. Philadelphia: Andrew Bradford, 1722. -299,  pp. Reprinted 2002 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584771234; ISBN-10: 1584771232. Hardcover. New. $80. * The office of justice of the peace was an English institution transplanted to the American colonies. Soon after the arrival of the institution, it became apparent that some sort of vade mecum or manual outlining the essentials of the job would be useful to those numerous officials who needed the help these quick reference manuals could provide. First published in 1711, the Conductor Generalis was the first of these, and it was issued by various printers in numerous large print run editions. Printed in Philadelphia by the colonial printer Andrew Bradford and issued with the Sheriff's manual (1721) paginated consecutively.
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