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Ledger of "C. Greene's Justice Records" listing cases he presided over in Bangor bewteen 1823 and 1828.

Bangor, Maine. 1823-1828 13 x 8, quarter leather, red spine label with gilt lettering "Attorney's Dockets," unpag (290 pp). Covers fair/poor (extremely well worn, stained, leather peeling, etc.), printed label on front pastedown of stationer Josiah Loring of Boston and dated 1818, front inner hinge cracked, worming to first couple of blank pages, staining, tears, chipping, creasing, soiling, smudging, owner's name (C. Greene). Ledger has 12 columns, six to a page, and the information on each case starts on the left page and continues onto the other page. Column listings: case number, name of parties, date of writ, nature of action, court, officer, fees, judgment, date of execution (execution of judgment), officer, when delivered, remarks. There is a tabbed section at the front where the parties are listed alphabetically along with their case numbers, included is a loose page of parties and case numbers from a different source (case numbers don't match those in the ledger). The first writ/case is dated July 14, 1823 and the last one May 17, 1828. On the rear endpapers are notes from six cases which date between 1827 and 1830. Maine became a state on March 15, 1820, and this ledger begins just over three years from statehood. Although the ledger doesn’t specify that it is from Bangor, some of the parties are from Bangor, which was the county seat Penobscot County where the cases would have been heard. Other litigants were from Bingham, Cornville, Harmony, Ripley (all in Somerset County), Readfield (Kennebec County), Houlston (Aroostook County). Not highly detailed as to the content (reference numbers mainly) but the cases listed are: debt (lots of debt cases), trespassing, assault, assault and battery, perjury, cutting trees, fraud in the sale of a home, sheep bought and not delivered, neglect of military duty, divorce involving libel and adultery. Some of the settlements were paid with horses, oxen, wheat and grain. Mainly rural at this time although one of the major industries of this state, lumber, was going strong and to grow even larger over time. Much of Maine's land was not good for farming but there are exceptions like Houlton, which had a saw mill as early as 1810 but due to the richness of the soil became a major potato producing area. The lumber industry was extensive in the counties of Penobscot (Bangor) and Somerset. An interesting look at early Maine law and history barely 24 months into statehood.

Book Id: 97-7826

Price: $495.00

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