The Conductor Generalis: Or the Office, Duty and Authority of Justices
1792 Philadelphia Edition of the Conductor Generalis "Revised and Adapted to the United States of America" Parker, James [1714-1770]. The Conductor Generalis: Or, the Office, Duty and Authority of Justices of the Peace, High-Sheriffs, Under-Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, Gaolers, Jury-Men, And Overseers of the Poor. As Also the Office of Clerks of Assize, And of the Peace, &c. Compiled Chiefly from Burn's Justice, And the Several Other Books, On Those Subjects, by James Parker, Late One of the Justices of the Peace for Middlesex County, In New-Jersey; And Now Revised and Adapted to the United States of America. By a Gentleman of the Law. The Whole Alphabetically Digested Under the Several Titles; With a Table Directing to the Ready Finding Out the Proper Matter Under Those Titles. Philadelphia: Printed for Robert Campbell, 1792. xv, , 464 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary sheep treated to resemble tree calf, lettering piece and later (?) gilt fillets to spine. Light rubbing to boards, a few minor nicks and scuffs, shallow gouge to rear board and spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, light wear to spine ends and corners, which are bumped, front hinge starting, faint offsetting to preliminaries, early ownership signatures (of Joseph Farrar) to front free endpaper and bottom of p. 420, small wormhole to upper corner of rear endleaves. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places, a few corners folded and untrimmed. $450. * A popular American legal manual issued by different printers and publishers largely based on English sources, primarily Burn. The first edition by Parker appeared in 1764. The present 1792 Philadelphia edition was the last to include the Ten Pound Act and the sections on military and excise law, which were omitted from subsequent editions after the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania. The preface says this edition, though useful throughout the country, is especially suited for justices in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Part II (pp. 384-464) contains: The Office and Duty of Sheriffs; The Office of a Gaoler, and Concerning Escapes; The Office and Duty of the Clerk of Assize and Clerk of the Peace; A Guide to Juries; An Abstract of Magna Charta; Notes on Magna Charta; Of Maxims and General Rules, from Jacob's Law Grammar.
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