The American Lawyer Volume 12

The American Lawyer Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...was short, It met, proved the last will and testament of Hannah Williamson, and adjourned until the court in course. The guardian, atministration and ofiicial bonds indicate the depreciation of the currency. Let me cite a few instances: At Nov. term, 1781, Thomas Averit gives bond as guardian of his brother, in the sum of 400 thousand pounds, proclamation. At this term the bond of the tax gatherer for Windsor district is fixed at 500 thousand pounds, current money, and they did not use the -for pounds, but they spelled it outp-o-u-n-d-s--as though they were the very rags of which the 'l)lllS were made. Mr. Samuel Milburn is allowed 4,000 pounds current money, for his house to-hold court; but at August term, 1782, matters were looking up and he was paid six pounds specie for his house for two terms. The climax was reached when George Ryan, Esqr., appeared at May term, 1782, and gave his sheritf's bond in five million pounds, current money. The farce was complete; George Evans, John McGiaul1an and Stevens Gray qualified and were accepted on the bond. Then-were we indeed the first American millionaires! The tavern rates show clearly For a hot dinner, of good-provisions....................$12.50 Breakfast of tea or coffee, bread and butter............ 6.00 Supper of meat....................................... 8.00 IfofcoiIeeortea..................... 6.00 For a gill of good West India rum...................... 10.00 Country brandy, whiskey and taffey, per gill............ 5.00 Night's lodging....................................... 2.00 24 hours' pasturage for a horse......................... 4.00 These prices vividly recall one other period in our country's history, when it was remarked by a Confederate soldier to his...show more

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  • Paperback | 622 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,093g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236740386
  • 9781236740380