Printed by Isaiah Thomas in Boston, 1793 Freeman, Samuel [1743-1831]. The Town Officer; Or The Power and Duty of Selectmen, Town Clerks, Town Treasurers, Overseers of the Poor, Assessors, Constables, Collectors of Taxes, Surveyors of Highways, Surveyors of Lumber, Fence Viewers, and Other Town Officers. As Contained in the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With a Variety of Forms for the Use of Such Officers. To Which are Added, The Power and Duty of Towns, Parishes and Plantations. And a Plain and Regular Method to Keep Accounts of the Expenditures of Monies Voted by a Town; Upon an Inspection of Which, The State of its Finances May at Any Time be Known. Boston: I. Thomas & E.T. Andrews, 1793. 239,  pp. Publisher's advertisements to final page. 12mo. (6-3/4" x 4"). Contemporary calf, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, slight creasing to spine, chipping to spine ends, corners bumped, hinges cracked, faint offsetting to preliminaries, early ownership signature (of Rufus Dean) and later small inkstamp (of the James Hanley Brewing Co.) to front endleaf, ownership signature (of James L. Durfee) dated 1855 to rear free endpaper. Moderate toning and foxing to interior, light soiling in a few places, small embossed ownership stamp (of George C. Dempsey) to title page, clean tear to leaf A4 (pp. 7-8) affecting text without loss, final signature loosening very slightly at foot but secure. $150. * Second edition. Freeman's long career included two terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1776, 1778) and a long tenure as clerk to the state courts. At other times he served as a probate judge. He also wrote several legal manuals. The Town Officer includes oaths, instructions, descriptions of powers and duties of officials, tables and also an extensive appendix that includes an outline of the power and duty of a grand jurors, a table of crimes and punishments, and an index. The final edition of this guide, the eighth, was published in 1815. Thomas [1749-1831] was an important early Massachusetts printer, newspaper publisher and author. He was also the founder of the American Antiquarian Society. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8279.
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