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Senate. Comm. on Probate and Chancery. Report and bill, 1835
SEE ALSO 23825.1835.010 Senate No. 61 The Committee on Matters of Probate and Chancery issued a report and a bill on March 19, 1835. In pages
3-19, the Committee said the relationship between a debtor and creditor was a commanding influence on public and private morals. Poverty and subsequent
indebtedness might not be a person's fault; the Committee included a history of debtors as criminals. There were two classes of debtors--honest and
knavish, followed by a long discussion of knavish debtors and credit fraud. Pages 20-24 were the proposed bill: An Act for the punishment of
fraudulent debtors, 1835. When a debtor declared he would take the Poor Debtor's Oath, the creditor could charge four types of fraud and listed the ways the
fraud could be corrected. Either party could appeal the first judgment to a higher court and have a jury trial. The sentence would depend on the
extent of the fraud. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library)
Title:   Ordered, that so much of the governor's speech as relates to insolvent debtors, be referred to the Committee on Probate and Chancery.
OCLC Number:   1406036206
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