With Extensive Manuscript Additions Concerning Toll Bridges, Taxation and Veterans [Connecticut]. Acts and Laws of the State of Connecticut, In America. Hartford: Printed by Elisha Babcock, 1786. 8, 2, 5, 3, 346,  pp. [Bound with] [Manuscript Copies of Subsequent Acts, Laws and Resolutions, 1786-1817]. 347-387, [388-390] pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Rubbing to boards and extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, rear board partially detached, front board and both free endpapers detached and edgeworn, front free endpaper has early repair. Moderate toning and dampspotting to text, faint dampstaining in a few places, minor edgewear to title page. Early owner inscription, "John Benjamin's Law Book, 1786/ 1785" to head of front free endpaper, "1784" in small later hand to head of title page, early owner annotations to a few leaves of text, a few other jottings to rear pastedown. $750. * This fascinating collection addresses a variety of topics, such as adultery, bail, burglary, cattle, children, counterfeiting, debtors, divorce, dogs, dowry, dueling, drunkenness, elections, executions, fornication, frauds and perjuries, fraudulent conveyances, gaming, horse racing, Indians, insolvent estates, jurors, lotteries, marriage, maritime affairs, murder, oaths, rape, rogues, rum, the Sabbath, slaves, taverns, tobacco, treason, usury and vice. The owner of this copy had his copy bound with 50 blank leaves. He filled most of these with fair copies of several later acts, laws and resolutions. The majority of these deal with toll bridges, the second largest group deals with Revolutionary War veterans. It is likely that the owner of this book was John Benjamin of Stratford, Connecticut, who was involved in several bridge-building ventures in Bridgeport. He was also a veteran. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 45.
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