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THE

POWERS, DUTIES, AND LIABILITIES

OF

TOWN AND PARISH OFFICERS

IN MASSACHUSETTS;

WITH FORMS

AND PARLIAMENTARY RULES FOR CONDUCTING

TOWN AND OTHER MEETINGS.

BY

WILLIAM A. HERRICK,

OF THE BOSTON BAR.

BOSTON:

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by

WILLIAM A. HERRICK,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

CAMBRIDGE:

PRESS OF JOHN WILSON AND SON.

PREFACE.

I HAVE endeavored in the following pages to bring together in a convenient order, for the use of Town and Parish Officers and all citizens interested in the administration of town affairs, all the statutes now in force in this Commonwealth pertaining to the duties, powers, and liabilities of towns, parishes, and their officers. To these statutes have been added such comments, drawn from the decisions of the Supreme Judicial Court, as I thought would serve to explain or illustrate them to such as were called upon to act under them as officers of towns or parishes. The matter in the larger type, except that enclosed in brackets, consists of the statutes printed verbatim, so that any one may rely on them without the necessity of reference to the originals. The matter in the smaller type consists of the comments mentioned above, and in some instances of statutes, abridged, where this could be done without danger of mistake, and the entire statute contained matter unnecessary to town officers. I carnestly hope, and I believe from the care bestowed upon it, that the book will be found. trustworthy. In the Appendix are brief rules for

conducting town and other meetings, and forms for drafting the papers to be made by town officers. The Addenda contains the statutes enacted by the Legislature of 1870, since the body of the book was printed. The larger part of the legislation of this year will be found, in connection with the subjects affected by it. The law of the duties of town officers relating to the sale of intoxicating liquors is so liable to change, and so readily found in the statutes usually of one year, that it was thought best to omit it.

BOSTON, June 24, 1870.

W. A. H.

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