Manuscript Compiled on the Kentucky Frontier [Manuscript]. Meade, Richard E[verard] [1787-1861]. Richard E. Meade's Commonplace Form Book. 1805. [Jessamine County, Kentucky, 1805, 1809]. [ii], 229, ,  pp. Final 12 pages are a thumb-tabbed index. Folio (12-3/4" x 7-3/4"). Quarter sheep over paper-covered boards. Rubbing with considerable wear, boards, index leaves and rear endleaves detached. Light browning to text block, wear to corners and edges in places, a few leaves with minor loss to text, various signatures and doodles to endleaves (mostly by Meade). Item housed in an archival box. $8,500. * Partially compiled 13 years after Kentucky's admission to the Union, this comprehensive and carefully indexed book of civil, criminal and chancery law forms, oaths and examples of procedure was compiled by Richard E. Meade, a young law apprentice, as a kind of procedural handbook. Jessamine County was established in 1798, six years after Kentucky became a state. As one would expect expected in a frontier county, the form book contains a great deal of content relating to land surveying, deeds and public and private construction. Aspects of criminal procedure are demonstrated by examples drawn from court cases. Among other topics, they demonstrate how to record a "Verdict for def[endan]t set aside new trial granted," "Plea to Jurisdiction argued & overruled," or "Scire Facias on recognizance for keeping the peace." Many of the legal forms refer to Kentucky or other American cases or laws from as recently as 1803 or 1805, but many go back into the eighteenth century. A few cases refer to the United States District Court "at the statehouse in Frankfort [Kentucky]." Richard Everard Meade was a classical scholar, lawyer, state legislator, militia officer and farmer. He was 18 years old when he compiled the first part of his manuscript in 1805. Meade possibly refers to himself within a couple of entries, noting the initials of a court clerk designated as "R. E. M." It is possible that he was acting as a clerk for a judge while studying with him as an apprentice. Later ownership inscriptions in the book include those of Dan'l B. Price, Lucinda Richardson, R. Wade, R. Blanton, E. M. Huntington and Robert Buntin. On the rear endpapers there is also this inscription: "From Capt. Robert Buntin To Samuel Coleman, Both of Sullivan Count.
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