1823 Docket Book from Plymouth, Massachusetts [Manuscript]. [Massachusetts]. [Docket Book, Court of Common Pleas, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1823]. ,  pp. Includes 3 thumb-tabbed indexes. Folio (13-1/2" x 8-1/2"). Three-quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece reading "Dockets/ 1823" to spine. Worn, about 45% of marbled paper lacking from boards, lower half of backstrip perished, hinges cracked, several signatures loose and lightly edgeworn. Moderate toning, occasional faint dampstaining and light soiling, entries in bold and legible hand. $750. * The presiding judge of this court was John Mason Williams [1780-1869], one of the original four justices appointed to the Court of Common Pleas and its second chief justice. A resident of Taunton, Judge Williams served as justice of the Plymouth Court of Common Pleas until 1839 "when he was appointed to be chief justice, and continued to serve in that capacity until 1844, when he resigned. Judge Williams met the requirements of the statute in every respect. He was a man of abundant learning in the law and of the highest character, of unimpeachable integrity and purity, of great dignity of demeanor, and of unfailing courtesy of manner" (Emery). The three indexes in this docket book correspond to the three court terms in 1823. Several well-known Massachusetts family names appear in this docket, such as Ames, Cushing, Norton, Shaw, Sprague and Washburn. Emery, History of Taunton, Massachusetts from its Settlement to the Present Time (1893) 553.
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