An Interesting Piece of California Legal History [Manuscript]. Freeman, Abraham Clark [1843-1911]. Register of Actions and Proceedings. Sacramento County, CA, 1877-1880. 244 pp. Folio (13" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter sheep over marbled boards, gilt fillets to spine, marbled edges. Light rubbing to boards, dampstain to rear board, heavier rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, chip to foot of spine, joints starting very slightly at head, hinges starting, slight offsetting to corners affecting first two leaves, contemporary handwritten title reading "Register of Actions and Proceedings" to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, minor spots and stains in a few places. Text in single legible hand, related documents tipped or laid in at several places. $2,500. * Clark was an influential California lawyer and author. After coming to California from Illinois in 1861, he settled in Sacramento County and received his law license three years later. In the 1870s he wrote a number of legal works, including A Treatise on the Law of Judgements, the first national treatise written or published in California and still highly regarded today. He was also a member of California's Constitutional Convention of 1878-1879 and took an active interest in legal reform in the state. In this register he lists legal cases in which he was involved during his years in private practice. Nearly all are civil, and some involve noted California citizens such as the banker D.O. Mills or the businessman Sam Brannan. Several receipts and case-related documents are laid in. These include a postcard addressed to Freeman from an E.M. Marsham and a receipt for a $702 money order from Wells Fargo dated 1879 related to the settling of a foreclosure.
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