Book #79618
Item #79618 Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840. Manuscript, Pennsylvania.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.
Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.

Constable Ledger, Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840.

An Interesting Docket Book from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania [Manuscript]. [Pennsylvania]. Lusk, Robert. [Docket Book]. Cumberland County, PA, 1826-1840. [iv], 111, [1], 66 pp. With two indexes. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter sheep over marbled boards. Moderate rubbing, light wear to extremities, portion of spine abraded near foot, corners bumped and worn, hinges cracked. Entries in single neat hand, occasional signatures or notes in different hands from plaintiffs or defendants, several smaller sheets, part-printed documents and paper scraps laid-in or pinned to leaves. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling to a few leaves, small hole to pp. 43-44 with minor loss to text, a few partial cracks to text block, some signatures loosening slightly but secure. $1,500. * This docket book was compiled by Robert Lusk, justice of the peace for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Each entry lists the names of the parties, a brief summary of the case, the costs incurred, and the outcome (generally resolution or referral of the case to the quarter sessions). The majority of the cases deal with everyday financial and property disputes, such as debt, trespass and breach of contract, but Lusk was no stranger to more sensitive matters. Other cases he heard involved assault, domestic abuse, larceny, buggery, "breach of Sabath [sic]," bastardy, and "damages arising from the bite of a dog." Interestingly, one of the domestic abuse cases appears to have been privately mediated by Lusk without further criminal charges. The plaintiff, Elizabeth Rynard, was "to be at liberty to leave" her abusive husband John "with all the property which she had before married," but the two agreed "to live in mutuall love and friendship toward one another for the future" upon the condition that John would "do better & use her as he ought to use a wife." The signatures of both Elizabeth and John are appended to the entry, with Lusk listed as a witness to their agreement. Spanning nearly twenty years, Lusk's meticulous entries provide interesting insight into the day-to-day mechanisms of local law enforcement and life in early nineteenth-century Pennsylvania.

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