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Select Joint Comm. on Gaol Yards. Act and report on enlarging gaol yards, 1835
SEE ALSO 52621 Senate No. 59 On January 9, 1835, in response to petitions, a committee reported a bill: An Act in addition to an act enlarging the
limits of the several gaol yards in this Commonwealth, 1835. The act of the year 1834 would not affect any judgments or contracts made previous to
the act. On March 18, 1835, a Special Committee of the Senate responded to the act with a report: The Committee was worried, especially because it
had not been able to see the petitions which the drove the addition to the act. The 1834 law expanded the boundaries of a gaol yard to the boundaries of
a town. This allowed those accused of civil crimes, especially debt, to live in their homes and keep working outside of the physical gaol. Pages
5-14 were a passionate argument for the personal liberty of a debtor and a firm recommendation against the bill. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of
title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library)
Title:   The committee to whom was referred the petition of Elijah Blake and eighty others, inhabitants of Springfield, and the petition of Abijah White and fifty others, inhabitants of Watertown, praying for the repeal of the law of the last session, relating to gaol limits, and also the order of this House of Jan. 23d, on the same subject, report a bill.
OCLC Number:   1406035903
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