Early New England Towns; a Comparative Study of Their Development

By Anne Bush MacLear | Go to book overview

CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
PAGE
Definition of an early New England town13
Settlement of Salem, Dorchester, Watertown, Roxbury and Cambridge16
Control of General Court over the towns20
Additional land grants made to the towns26
Formation of new towns from the original ones28
The settlement of these towns typical group settlements33
Representation of the towns in the General Court38
Extinguishing of Indian titles40
CHAPTER II
Control of the General Court over the local courts44
The formation of inferior courts45
The law of the colony46
The meeting of the selectmen a police court47
The commissioner of small causes49
The clerk of the writs51
The jury51
The method of adjusting difficulties between inhabitants of different towns51
CHAPTER III
Method of raising money needed by the town55
The town rate57
Increased power of selectmen over town finances58
Definition of "town rate"60
Method of determining value of taxable property61

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