The Modern Parish Officer; Or the Parish Officer's Complete Duty...
by Gentleman of Lincoln's Inn
1774. A Scarce Eighteenth-Century Handbook for Parish Officers Gentleman of Lincoln's Inn. The Modern Parish Officer; Or the Parish Officer's Complete Duty. Brought Down to the Present Period. Containing all the Statute-Laws Now in Force, Together With the Adjudged Cases Relating to Every Kind of Parish Business, Placed in Alphabetical Order. A Work Essentially Necessary for Constables, Church-Wardens, Overseers of the Poor, Surveyors of the Highways, Justices of the Peace, Attornies, Headboroughs, Tithingmen, Sidesmen, Vestrymen, Scavengers, &c. Who Would Wish to Execute Their Respective Offices with Safety and Satisfaction. It is Also a Necessary Companion for Every Inhabitant of a Parish, Who May Not be a Parish Officer; As it Will Enable Him to Judge Whether the Parish Duties are Properly Executed by Others, And to Defend Himself Against the Ignorance of Those Who are Unacquainted with Their Duty, As Well as the Arbitrary Measures of Those, Who too Frequently Want to Exercise an Authority Which They are Not Warranted to do by Law. London: Printed by W. Strahan, and M. Woodfall, 1774. 4, 370 pp. Folding table. 12mo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine ends worn, boards beginning to seprate but secure, corners bumped and somewhat worn, rear free endpaper neatly removed. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining in a few places, internally clean. * Second and final edition, published the same year as the first edition. According to the preface, the second edition contains "new highway and turnpike acts [and] several very considerable improvements, particularly a new act concerning the settlement of those poor who are born in lying-in hospitals, and several new adjudged cases, essentially necessary for the direction of parish officers" (4). This is a scarce title. Counting both editions, OCLC locates 6 copies in North America, 5 in law libraries (Duke, Harvard, University of Memphis, UC-Davis, University of Georgia). Another copy located at Osgoode Hall, York University. English Short-Title Catalogue T128981. (Inventory #: 65423)
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