Bulletin of the Illinois State Historical Library Volume N . 1

Bulletin of the Illinois State Historical Library Volume N . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...in the texts of the laws were not infrequent.2 In 1872, an extension was made by Congress to the legislative power of the governor and judges by empowering them to repeal any law previously adopted.3 Compare the Introduction to the first edition oF this publication prepared by Edmund J. James. 1 The Ordinance of 1787 has been frequently printed. See United States Statutes at Large, I., 51-53. The code brought together by the first Legislature of the Northwest has all the earmarks of cruelty so characteristic of the law of England and the English colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Stocks, the pillory, and the whipping post, were set up in every county of the territory and put in use for numerous offences. "Thus, for obstructing the authority of a magistrate, the offender she) 11 be fined not more than $300 and receive not to exceed thirty-nine lashes. For larceny, the convicted party, besides restoring double the value of the thing stolen, is required to pay a fine of the same amount, or be whipped not exceeding thirty-nine lashes, according as the court shall determine'."4 The criminal code was nearly completed by the Legislatures of the Northwest and Indiana territories, so that it was not necessary for the governor and judges of Illinois to make many additions to it. In 1800 the first division of the Northwest was made, the western part, including Indiana and Illinois, being called the territory of Indiana. Within the limits of the new territory there was a small population of a few thousand in three main settlements, at Vincennes, on the Ohio near Fort Massac and at Clark's Grant, and around the French villages on the Mississippi. Three counties had been already established, Knox, St. Clair and Randolph. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236553691
  • 9781236553690