For All "Who Would Gain a Competent Knowledge of This Branch of the Law" [Cunningham, Timothy, Attributed (1718?-1789)]. The New Universal Parish Officer. Containing all the Laws Now in Force, Relating to Parish Business, Ranged in Alphabetical Order. Very Proper for Attornies, Constables, Churchwardens, Justices, Overseers of the Poor, Surveyors of the Highways, And All Persons in Office, Who Would Gain a Competent Knowledge of this Branch of the Law, So as to Enable Them to Discharge Their Respective Duties with Ease and Expedition. It is Also Very Proper for Every House-Keeper and Inhabitant Who is Desirous of Being Perfectly Acquainted with the Laws Relating to Parishes, That he May not Entirely Rely upon the Skill of Parish Officers, Who are but Too Frequently Unacquainted with Some Material Part of Their Duty. This Work is Entirely Freed from the Errors, Obscurities, And Repetitions of Former Writers on this Subject. Collected from the Common, Statute, And Other Authentick Law-books. Interspersed with Many Useful Precedents. The Second Edition, With the Addition of the Act of Last Session for Better Regulating Apprentices, And Persons Working Under Contract, And Several Cases of Settlements and Removals Determined in the King's Bench, Since the Time of Lord Mansfield's Coming to Preside in that Court. London: Printed for S. Crowder, 1767. [iv], 332 pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands to spine, neat early repair to joints and head of spine. Light rubbing and a few small stains and scuffs to boards, upper corners bumped and somewhat worn, rear joint starting at foot, hinges cracked, front and rear endleaves lacking, recent owner label to front pastedown. Light toning to text, a bit of offsetting to margins of title page. An attractive copy. $150. * Second edition. The author of more than twenty books, Cunningham was one of the most prolific legal writers of the eighteenth century. First published in 1764, The New Universal Parish Officer was a successful work; later editions were published in 1767, 1771 and 1774. All editions are scarce. OCLC locates 7 copies of the second edition, 5 in North America, 3 in law libraries (Georgetown, Library of Congress, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue N41695.
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