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House. Act for the inspection of sole leather, 1827-28 2v
H.R. No. 52 An Act providing for the inspection of sole leather, 1827. The Governor was to commission two or more inspectors for Boston and one or
more for eight other towns. Each inspector served for five years and swore or affirmed a prescribed oath to do his duty and not to buy or sell sole
leather. He was to equip himself with appropriate scales and embossers to mark each side [I think this is a term of art in the leather trade] with
four grades from best to bad, with a $25 fine for defacing such marks. Only graded leather was to be sold, with a $5 fine for each side sold. The
inspector could work statewide unless another inspector already worked in the area. The inspector was entitled to 4 cents/side inspected. If an inspector
marked damp leather and it later dried to 10% less in weight, he could be sued for damages. H.R. No. 47 was an earlier version of the above. The
term of office was only three years, with the same statewide jurisdiction, but only three cents per side was allowed to the inspector. He could get
mileage to the job site, but that was removed in the later bill. There were only three grades of sole leather; leather that dried to 5% less weight was
grounds for suit. Version 2: H.R. No. 47, An Act providing for the inspection of sole leather, 1828. The Governor was to appoint two or more
inspectors in Boston and one inspector each for several other towns for a three year term. The text of each inspector's oath was included. All soles were to
be inspected unless they had been inspected by an appropriate inspector in another state. Each inspector had to have scales and other equipment to do
his work. He had to emboss each sole with his surname, place, weight of leather and grade of leather. There were penalties for falsifying the stamps.
The inspector had to take into account the potential drying and weight loss of the soles and was entitled to three cents per sole for his
fee.(Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   An act, providing for the inspection of sole leather.
OCLC Number:   1389559811
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