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Reports of Decisions in the Circuit Courts Martial

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Portland, ME, 1831, Only ed. Notable Collection of Courts Martial [Trials]. Smith, Francis O.J. [1806-1876], Reporter. Reports of Decisions in the Circuit Courts Martial, Of Questions Arising on Trials had in Said Courts. Compiled from Original Papers in the Office of the Adjutant General, In Conformity to a Resolve of a Legislature of Maine, Passed March 31, 1831. To Which is Added, An Appendix of Practical Forms of Proceedings in Circuit Courts Martial. Portland, [ME]: Printed by Todd & Holden, 1831. [1], 113 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Later quarter cloth over marbled boards, typewritten title label to spine. Light soiling, light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners worn, chipping to title label, library bookplate to front pastedown, hinges cracked. Light toning to text, light foxing in places. $150. * Only edition. This reporter covers military jurisprudence in Maine from August, 1827 to June 1831. Smith practiced law in Portland and served in the U.S. Congress. He is remembered today as the business partner of Samuel F.B. Morse and later as his opponent in the telegraph litigation. Smith hoped that this carefully organized work, "the first of its kind ever published under any government," would promote uniformity in future military proceedings and case reports. Not in Wallace. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 9027.
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