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Full text of "Report of the attorney general for the year ending .."

SENATE No. 20. 



THE 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S 



ANNUAL REPORT. 



1840. 



-7 1888 



Attorney General's Office, > 
Feb. 11th, 1840. \ 

To the Honorable the President of the Senate : 

The Attorney General's annual Report, the materials 
for which were to be by the provisions of the statute of 
1839, Ch. 157, transmitted to him by the District and 
County Attornies and clerks of courts on or before the 
15th of January last, is compiled from those returns, so 
far as they have been received ; and with a summary of 
his more immediate and personal official engagements, 
is herewith submitted. 

With the highest respect, 

JAMES T. AUSTIN, 

Attorney General. 



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The Attorney General has the honor respectfully to 
submit the followino: 



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REPORT: 

The provisions of the Statute of 1832, under which 
an arrangement of the duties of the Attorney General 
and other prosecuting officers, was established, revised 
by Ch. 13 of the Revised Statutes, provided for the An- 
nual Report of these several officers ; and in conformi- 
ty to the terms of the aforesaid statutes, the former re- 
ports of the Attorney General have heretofore been 
presented. 

The Statute of 1839, Ch. 157, has materially altered 
and greatly enlarged the subject of these reports ; and 
in conformity to the provisions therein contained, this 
Report has been prepared. Such explanations as are 
deemed necessary for the elucidation of the several 
parts of the Report in relation to the abstracts, tables, 
and general statistics of crime are herewith annexed. 

The appropriate duties of the Attorney General were 
enumerated in the Statute of 1832, as revised by Ch. 
13 of the Revised Statutes, and have been enlarged by 
several succeeding Statutes. The details from the date 
of his last Report on 31st October, 1838, so far as now 
required by existing laws, are as follows : 
2 



6 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

1838. November 1. Supreme Judicial Court, Nor- 
folk. 

Commonwealth vs. Adam H. White, Retailing Spirits. 
Exceptions from Common Pleas. Argued. Continued 
by the Court. 

Commonwealth vs. Leonard Dean. Same. Argued. 
Continued for advisement. 

Supreme Judicial Court, Essex, November Term, 
1838. Commonwealth vs. Benjamin Kimball. On mo- 
tion of Attorney General for judgment on the verdict. 
Argued. 

Same vs. Same. As above. 

Same vs. Oliver Blackington. As above. 

Same vs. Charles Tuttle, Rape. Prisoner arraigned. 
Counsel assigned, and Trial ordered at an adjournment, 
to be held in December. 

Nov. 13. The Governor of Rhode Island made a re- 
quisition for Charles Lewis, charged with the crime of 
Larceny, and being a fugitive from justice. The inves- 
tigation of the case was made as the Revised Statutes 
direct ; and an opinion certified to the Supreme Execu- 
tive, that it was lawful and expedient to comply with 
the demand of the Governor of Rhode Island. 

Nov. 15. In the case of the Commonwealth vs. 
George Barnes, and William Ashley, charged with store- 



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breaking and larceny, and with being fugitives from the 
justice of this State, application was made to the Su- 
preme Executive, for a requisition to the Governor of 
New York. The circumstances connected with this 
case were examined according to the provisions of the 
Revised Statutes, and an opinion in writing in favor of 
the requisition certified to the Governor. 

Nov. 16. The cases of the Commonwealth vs. Henry 
Collins and Henry Brown, charged with felony, were 
examined on an application for an Executive requisi- 
tion to the Governor of Pennsylvania, to deliver them 
as fugitives from justice, and an opinion certified accord- 
ingly. 

Nov. 20. The case of the people of the State of New 
York vs. Stephen Gurney and Eleazer Phillips, charged 
with fraud, on a requisition for them by the Governor of 
New York was examined ; and an opinion certified in 
favor of their being delivered up as fugitives from jus- 
tice on certain conditions, and in further proceeding 
with this case, directions were given to the District At- 
torney of the Southern District, where the supposed 
fugitives were found, to superintend the process, and 
see that the conditions on which their surrender was or- 
dered, were truly performed. 

Nov. 26. Consultation with the District Attorney of 
the Northern District, concerning the case of Tuttle for 
trial at Salem. 

Dec. 3. The case of the Commonwealth vs. Charles 
Williams, and Charles White, charged with Larceny, in 



8 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

the county of Bristol, and with being fugitives from jus- 
tice, was examined on application for an Executive re- 
quisition to the Governor of Rhode Island, and an opin- 
ion certified according to the provisions of the Statute. 

Dec. 4. Supreme Judicial Court, Middlesex. Com- 
monwealth vs. William Graves, charged with Murder. 
Trial commenced and occupied the day. 

Dec. 5. Trial proceeded. 

Dec. 6. Trial proceeded. 

Dec. 7. Trial proceeded, and finished. Verdict, Not 
Guilty. 

The peculiar circumstances of this case in which many 
of the principal witnesses were inhabitants of New 
Hampshire, and a person, supposed to be an accessory, 
had absconded, required preliminary arrangements 
which occupied considerable time beyond that consumed 
in the trial. Questions in regard to the taxation of costs, 
were at a subsequent day submitted to the Court. The 
same containing more than three hundred items. 

Dec. 10. Supreme Judicial Court, Essex. Common- 
wealth vs. Reuben Tuttle, Rape. Trial commenced. 

Dec. 11. Trial proceeded. 

Dec. 12. Trial finished. Verdict, Not Guilty of 
Rape, but guilty of a felonious assault, with intent, &c. 
Sentence, 3 days soliiary confinement, and 7 years hard 
labor in the State prison. 



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1839. Jan. 4. Examined the case of Commonwealth 
vs. Greenville H. Gay, charged with fraud in Essex, on 
an application for an Executive requisition for him as a 
fugitive from justice, to the Executive of Maine ; and 
an opinion given to suspend the issue of the requisition 
until further proceedings at law. 

Jan. 14. Suffolk Supreme Judicial Court. Common- 
wealth vs. Jos. S. Hope, Larceny. Argued on motion 
to dismiss the appeal. 

Commonwealth vs. Josiah Dunham, jr. Fraud. Ar- 
gued on the question of the necessity of his personal 
appearance to maintain his appeal. 

Jan. 15. Received an order from the Honorable Sen- 
ate, to report on the subject of the expenses of criminal 
justice. The report so required, was accordingly made 
and presented to the Senate on 18th of February, and 
was printed by their order. 

The case of the Commonwealth vs. The Town of 
Cambridge, prosecuted by order of the Hon. House of 
Representatives, having been sent to an Auditor for the 
examination in detail of the items of charges as will be 
hereafter more fully explained, occupied the parties at 
about thirty public meetings, and twenty days of private 
examination of books and witnesses, during the months 
of January and February. 

Jan. 24. Received an order from the Governor to 
investigate certain questions concerning the appointment 
of Branch Pilots, and report. A report was made in 
writing on 2Gth inst. 



10 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

Jan. 25. Received an order of the Legislature to at- 
tend the Committee on Banks and Banking, and aid in 
the investigation of matters submitted to that Committee. 

Jan. 26. Received a citation to attend the Supreme 
Judicial Court in the case of an appeal from the will of 
John Lowell, jr., deceased, regarding the interest of the 
Commonweallh in trust funds for elemosynary purposes. 
On the day named, attended accordingly, and submitted 
the same to the Court, of which a further representation 
is annexed. 

Feb. 1. Examined the circumstances attending an 
application for an Executive requisition to the Governor 
of New York for Calvin Pratt, charged with Polygamy, 
and being a fugitive from justice ; but the facts not war- 
ranting the requisition, an opinion to that effect was 
submitted. 

Feb. 4. The opinion of the Supreme Court in the 
cases of Hope and Dunham, was promulgated, sustain- 
ing the motion made on part of Commonwealth. . 

Feb. 4. P. M. Attended the Committee on Banks 
and Banking. 

Feb. 6. Examined the cases of Henry Parker, and 
Jno. S. King, charged in Hampden, with Store-breaking; 
on an application for a requisition to the Governor of 
New York, to deliver them as fugitives from justice, and 
opinion certified. 

Feb. 8. Court of Common Pleas held by all the judges 



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at Boston, for the revision of errors or rendition of judg- 
ment on cases reserved. 

Commonwealth vs. John Burroughs, charged vi^ith 
Forgery on two Indictments. 

Commonwealth vs. T. B. Porter, Selling Liquors. 

Commonwealth vs. Alonzo T. Webber, Same. Ques- 
tions of law in these several cases argued. 

Feb. 17. Attended the Judiciary Committee of the 
House of Representatives by their order, in relation to 
sundry matters of criminal jurisprudence. 

Feb. 14. Attended the Committee on Roads and 
Bridges, by their order on certain questions proposed. 

Feb. 19. Attended the Special Joint Committee on 
the pauper laws, by their order. 

Feb. 23. Attended the meeting of the Joint Com- 
mittee on Banks and Banking, by their order. 

Feb. 25. Examined the case of L. Green, charged 
in Essex with Fraud, on an application for a requisition 
to the Governor of New Hampshire to arrest him as a 
fugitive from justice. 

Feb. 26. Under an order of the Committee on Banks 
and Banking, prepared sundry documents in the cases 
before them, relating to the City Bank of Lowell, and 
the Farmers and Mechanics Bank of Adams, as required 



12 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

under an order of the Legislature, passed on the 8th 
inst. 



March 2d. Examined the case of William McNally, 
charged with Fraud, on an application for an Executive 
requisition to the Governor of Rhode Island to detain 
and deliver him as a fugitive from justice. 

Supreme Judicial Court, Suffolk, 7th March. Com- 
monwealth vs. Jos. D. Adams, surrendered by his Bail. 
Question as to new Bail ; admitted to Bail in the sum 
of $5,000. 

Commonwealth vs. Jos. T. Hope. Adultery. Ex- 
ceptions from Municipal Court. Argued. 

Commonwealth vs. Same. Fraud. Reserved on re- 
port of Chief Justice. Argued. 

Commonwealth vs. Charles Griffin. Forgery. Spe- 
cial Verdict. Argued on the law. 

March 11. Under an order from the Committee of 
the House of Representatives prepared, according to the 
instructions of said Committee, the following " Legislative 
Documents." 

1. Draft of a Bill, Concerning Costs. 

2. " " " Concerning Appeals. 

3. " " " Concerning Prisoners in Jails and 
Houses of Correction. 

4. Enlarging the Jurisdiction of the Municipal Court. 

March 11. Received from a Committee of the House 



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of Representatives, a request to investigate and report 
on the title of the Commonwealth to the State House 
Lot examined and reported in writing. 

March 13. Attended the Committee on Banks and 
Banking under a special order of the Legislature, for the 
examination of the City Bank of Lowell, and the Farm- 
ers and Mechanics Bank at Adams, and prepared the 
processes to be issued by said Committee. 

March 14. Case of Commonwealth vs. Asahel Mott, 
under information for additional sentence to State Prison, 
in Supreme Court of Suffolk, sentenced to imprisonment 
2 years. 

March 20 and 21. Attended the Committee in the 
case of the Lowell and Adams Banks, and prepared a 
statement of facts and two bills, by direction of the 
Committee. 

April 8. Examined the case of Commonwealth vs. 
John Umstead, alias Charles Lewis, charged with Store- 
Breaking and Larceny ; on application for an Executive 
requisition to the Governor of New York, and certified 
the facts, and an opinion thereon. 

March 9. Supreme Judicial Court at Lowell. Com- 
monwealth vs. Henry Wood. Rape. 

Same vs. Nathan Smith. Murder. Prisoners arraign- 
ed. Counsel assigned. Trials ordered in June at an 
adjournment for that purpose specially made. 

March 19. Question proposed by the Treasurer un- 
3 



14 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

der the recent Statute of 1839, in regard to the claim 
of the Commonwealth to a tax on the American Bank, 
and the correspondence examined. Answered. 

March 26. Commonwealth vs. Richard Freeman, 
alias Collard. Larceny of $6,300. Examined on ap- 
plication for an Executive requisition to the Governor 
of New York. 

March 27. At the request of the Treasurer under 
the Statute of 1839, requiring the Attorney General to 
advise him on his request in any matters of law arising 
in the discharge of his official duties, examined the pa- 
pers and proceedings of the Eastern Rail-road Company, 
preparatory to the cancelling of their Bond of $90,000, 
and issuing the new scrip for $100,000, and holding the 
shares pledged by the Corporation on the former loan as 
collateral security for the new one. Advised the Trea- 
surer on the form of the legal proceedings required by 
the case. 

May 1. Examined the case of James W. Treadwell, 
claimed by the Governor of New York, as a fugitive 
from justice. 

May 6. Received from the Treasurer a list oi eighty - 
eight persons delinquent in the payment of principal or 
interest, to be proceeded with according to law. 

May 12. Eastern Rail-road affairs at the Treasurer's 
office. Examined in further relation to the circumstan- 
ces above stated. 



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May 20. Examined the cases of James Murray, 
charged with Burglary, and James Jeffries, and Charles 
Harper, with feloniously aiding his escape ; on a requi- 
sition of the Governor of New York, claiming them as 
fugitives from justice. Murray and Harper surrendered. 
No proceedings advised in the case of Jeffries. 

May 21. Examiaed the case of the Commonwealth 
vs. Jonathan S. Fitz, charged with Fraud ; on applica- 
tion for a requisition to the Governor of New York to 
surrender him as a fugitive from justice. 

Supreme Judicial Court, Bristol, at Taunton. Com- 
monwealth vs. Benjamin Cummings, for Murder. 

May 27. Trial commenced. 

May 28. Trial proceeded. 

May 29. Trial concluded. Verdict, Guilty. 

May 30. Sentence of Death pronounced on the pris- 
oner. 

May 30. Commonwealth vs. Spooner Babcock. Mur- 
der. Continued. 

Supreme Judicial Court, Middlesex, at Lowell. Com- 
monwealth vs. Nathan Smith. Murder. 

June 3. Trial commenced. 

June 4. Trial occupied all day. 



16 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 
June 5. Trial occupied the day. Verdict, Guilty. 

Commonwealth vs. Henry Wood. Rape. 

June 6. Trial occupied all day. 

June 7. Jury having been out all night, were unable 
to agree. Continued. Sentence of Death pronounced 
on Smith. 

June 11. Supreme Judicial Court, Suffolk. Argu- 
ment on the appeal of the Trustee under the will of Jno. 
Lowell, jr., as to the interest of the Commonwealth in 
the questions reserved 

June 12. Judgment for the Commonwealth vs. Bank 
of Roxbury. 

" " " vs. Bank 

of Norfolk. 

" vs. Com- 

monwealth Bank. 

June 17. Application of Spooner Babcock, indicted 
for Murder, for bail. Refused. 

Judgment for Commonwealth vs. Kilby Bank. 
" " " vs. Fulton " 

June 18. Examined the case of Commonwealth vs. 
Patrick Button, charged with an escape ; on application 
for an Executive requisition to the Governor of New 
York, &c. 

June 22. Examined the Case of Commonwealth vs. 
Solomon Jenkins, charged in Hampden with a conspira- 



1840.] senate—No. 20. 17 

cy to defeat public justice on application for a requisition 
to the Governor of Vermont, &c. 

Aug. 9. Consultation with the Bank Commissioners 
by their request, under the provisions of the Statute of 
1839, on questions of law arising in their official pro- 
ceedings. 

Supreme Judicial Court, Berkshire, at Lenox. Com- 
monwealth vs. George Norris. Rape. 

Aug. 17. Trial commenced. 

Aug. 18. Trial proceeded. 

Aug. 19. Verdict, Not Guilty. 

Aug. 23. Consultation with the Treasurer at his re- 
quest, on the subject of the existing relations of the 
Commonwealth and United States, concerning the dis- 
tribution of the Surplus Revenue on a circular letter 
from the Secretary of the Treasury. 

Aug. 27. Examined the Bond and Mortgage of the 
Boston and Portland Rail-road for $500,000, and certi- 
fied the same. 

Aug. 28. After examination of the Bond and Mort- 
gage of the Western Rail-road Corporation for two mil- 
lion four hundred thousand dollars, which had been for 
some time under consideration, it was this day approved 
and certified. 

Oct. 2. Supreme Judicial Court, Worcester. George 



18 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

W. Richardson, by Habeas Corpus, to try the legality 
of his imprisonment under a commitment by Court of 
Common Pleas, for contempt in this, that being summon- 
ed required to testify before the Grand Jury of said 
Court, he refused to give evidence. Argued. Order 
of Common Pleas affirmed, and petitioner remanded. 

Oct. 11. Examined the case of Common w^ealth vs. 
John McLaughlin. Fraud. On application for an Ex- 
ecutive requisition to the Governor of the State of Maine. 

Oct. 16. Supreme Judicial Court, Middlesex. Com- 
monwealth vs. Henry Wood. Rape. Special assign- 
ment of the trial for 2d December. 

f 

Commonwealth vs. Kilby Bank. Application of de- 
fendant for supersedeas of the Execution. Argued. Not 
granted. 

Supreme Judicial Court, Bristol. Commonwealth vs. 
Spooner Babcock. Murder. 

Nov. 11. Trial commenced. 

Nov. 12. Trial occupied the day. 

Nov. 13. Trial proceeded. Verdict, Not Guilty. 

Nov. 14. Examination and taxation of the bills of cost. 

Supreme Judicial Court, Middlesex. Commonwealth 
vs. Henry Wood. Rape. 



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Dec. 2. Trial commenced. 
Dec. 3. Trial proceeded. 

Dec. 4. Jury were unable to agree, and the Indict- 
ment was continued. 

The necessary official engagements of the respective 
District Attornies in other Courts deprived the Attorney 
General of their assistance in conducting the above 
named capital cases in the Supreme Court. If it is deem- 
ed expedient that in criminal cases of great interest and 
excitement, the Commonwealth should have the benefit 
of the services of two prosecuting officers as the due ad- 
ministration of public justice would seem to require, it 
is respectfully submitted that 'some alteration in the 
time of such trials would become expedient. 

Dec. 6. Examined the case of Levi Herron, alias 
Herring, on a requisition to surrender him as a fugitive 
from justice, issued by the Governor of New York. 

Dec. 12. Examined the Bond and Mortgage of the 
New Bedford and Taunton Rail-road Corporation to 
Commonwealth, in the penal sum of $100,000, as secu- 
rity for advances according to the provisions of the Stat- 
ute, and certified the same. 

Dec. 24. Examined the case of Commonwealth vs. 
Samuel K. Heath, charged with a series of gross frauds, 
on application for a requisition to the Governor of South 
Carolina, &c. 



20 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

Dec. 28. Paid to the Treasurer of the Common- 
wealth, the sum of five hundred dollars for the judgment 
of Commonwealth vs. The Roxbury Bank, and twenty- 
six hundred and eighty-one dollars and fifty cents, for 
tax and interest recovered on suit against the Common- 
wealth Bank. 

Both these Banks having failed, their property was 
attached by sundry creditors, and the funds paid as 
above, were secured by attachment on mesne process. 
In the case of the Commonwealth Bank, the right of the 
Commonwealth after repealing its charter to the recovery 
of any tax, was contested and elaborately argued by 
counsel, and the funds attached, were, for a long time 
held, and claimed by other creditors of that institution. 
As the State has not by law, any priority of right either 
in securing its debts or in obtaining its judgment over 
other creditors since the repeal of the Statute, which 
formerly authorized a warrant of distress, its dues are 
to be obtained only by the ordinary process of law and 
the vigilance of its oflScers, and by such additional facil- 
ities for this purpose, as it may be the pleasure of the 
Legislature to provide. 

Suits in various stages, and executions yet unsatisfied, 
are now pending against the Fulton Bank, Lafayette 
Bank, Franklin Bank, Hancock Bank, City Bank of Low- 
ell, and Middling Interest Bank. The judgment for taxes 
recovered against the Bank of Norfolk since my last Re- 
port, was given up by the Legislature. 

The case of the Franklin Bank presents a new ques- 
tion on which the party interested has proposed to ask 
the favorable interposition of the government ; the Trea- 
surer of the Commonwealth having been advised, that 



1840.] SENATE— No. 20. 21 

without such interposition, he could not be authorized 
to allow the claim. 

The note of the Commonwealth, given to that bank 
for money borrowed under the general provisions of law, 
and not negotiable by the terms of it, was assigned and 
transfarred to the present holder for full value. The 
Commonwealth has obtained judgment and execution 
against the bank for a tax. The bank is insolvent, with- 
out any means of paying its debts, and the treasurer 
has been instructed, that until the Legislature shall 
otherwise order, the execution is to be deemed available 
for the payment of so much of said note, as is due upon 
the execution. 

It has already been stated, that the suit of the Com- 
monwealth vs. The Town of Cambridge, was referred 
by order of Court to an auditor for the examination 
of the accounts. As there are upwards of three thousand 
items of charge in these accounts, and as the whole 
management of that pauper establishment is the subject 
of revision, before the auditor ; this examination has, 
and will occupy much time, and whatever is the result 
in this particular case, will not be without much general 
information and public advantage. But the suit was 
commenced on a different principle. It was ordered by 
the Honorable House of Representatives, on the admis- 
sion of the town of Cambridge, five times repeated in 
five annual reports, that the Alms House establishment 
was a source of profit to the town ; and on a printed 
statement, accepted by the town, by which it was ad- 
mitted, that this profit, besides enabling the town to 
support its own poor for nothing, amounted, by calcula- 
tion, to a sum not less than ten thousand dollars^ and by 
other estimates, to eighteen thousand dollars. The 
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22 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [J^eb. 

town, now by its counsel, aver, that all this supposed 
profit was imaginary, and the statements and admissions, 
erroneous ; and the object of the present auditing is to 
ascertain the truth of this recent discovery. 

The case of the appeal from the decision of the Probate 
Court on the will of John Lowell, jun. introduces a sub- 
ject of great importance, which I have, in a former re- 
port, had the honor to submit to the consideration of the 
Legislature, as one connected with my official relations. 
The testator devised a sum, exceeding two hundred and 
forty thousand dollars in trust for specific purposes of 
public instruction ; and the immediate question pre- 
sented was, whether by law the trustee should give 
bonds for the faithful performance of his duty. But the 
more general and important questions involved in the 
case, are, how far the Commonwealth is the general 
guardian and protector of this kind of property ; when, 
and under what circumstances, funds for eleemosynary 
purposes may be examined, and by what rules of pro- 
ceeding the Attorney General, whom the Supreme Court 
has determined to be a necessary party to a suit of this 
kind, shall be governed. It is not doubted, that pro- 
perty for charitable, literary, or other public purposes, 
in the hands of bodies corporate, to a very large amount, 
will be brought within the operation of the supervisory 
power of the Court. 

I have the honor respectfully to renew the suggestions 
made in my last annual report, on the important subjects 
of the Bonds and Mortgages prepared under my direc- 
tion by Rail-road Corporations, and the proceedings 
relating to fugitives from justice. 

The appropriation made the last year for the expenses 
of civil actions, under the care of the Attorney General, 



1840.] SENATE— No. 20. 23 

has not been called for, the amount having been from 
time to time defrayed from the costs derived from other 
suits, of which the account will be submitted to the pro- 
per department. 

All which, wuth the abstracts and tables hereunto 
annexed, are submitted. 

With great respect, by 

JAMES T. AUSTIN, 

Attorney General. 



24 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 



EXPLANATION OF THE TABLES. 



Table I. is a statement of the various prosecutions for criminal 
offences in the CommonweaUh of Massachu- 
setts, during the year 1839, resulting in Con- 
victions. Showing the crime, and the pun- 
ishment inflicted, the county where the indict- 
ment or complaint was found, the court before 
which the conviction was had, and the costs 
in each case. In all the tables, S. P. signifies 
Stales Prison. H. C, House of Correction. 
H. I., House of Industry. H. R., House of 
Reformation. C. G., Common Gaol. Under 
the columns headed " Imprisonment," D. 
stands for day. Y. for year, and M. for month. 
Where the imprisonment in the States Prison 
or House of Correction is stated to be for one 
or more days, years, &c. the day is the term 
of solitary imprisonment. Under the two 
columns headed " Fine^' and " Costs^^ re- 
spectively, a distinction is made between the 
amount paid by the prisoner and that not paid 
in conformity with his sentence. In many of 
the cases where the prisoner was sentenced to 
pay a fine with or without costs, and refused 
to pay, he was committed to the Common 
Gaol until he should comply with the sentence. 
After commitment, he not unfrequently paid 
the amount and was discharged from impri- 



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sonment. The sums thus paid can be ascer- 
tained only from the gaolers, who, by the 
statute, are not required to make returns. The 
last column shows the amount of costs paid 
by the Commonwealth, in all those cases 
where the prisoner was not sentenced to pay 
the costs as a part of his punishment. 

Tables A. & B. are a recapitulation of so much of Table I., as 
applies to the County of Suffolk. Table A. 
shows the total number of convictions in 
Suffolk County, and the disposition made of 
those persons sentenced to imprisonment the 
aggregate amount of costs which were paid 
by the Commonwealth, the amount of costs 
and fines paid by the prisoner, distinguishing 
between each and the amount of fines and 
costs which were ordered to be paid by the 
prisoner, but for default of paying which he 
was committed. Table B. shows the num- 
ber of convictions in Suffolk County, distin- 
guishing the Courts before which the convic- 
tion was had, and classifying the crimes, as 
required by the statute. 

Tables C. & D, are the same with respect to the Northern 
District, as tables A. & B. are with respect to 
Suffolk County, only, that in table D., the 
counties of the district where the convictions 
were had, are distinguished, and not the 
courts. 

Tables E. & F. are the same with respect to the Southern 
District. The courts are here distinguished 
and not the counties. In the District Attor- 
ney's report, the counties where the convic- 
tions took place, are not mentioned. 



26 ATTORNEY GENERAL^S REPORT. [Feb. 

Tables G. & H. are the same with respect to the Middle 
District. 

Tables K. & L. are the same with respect to the Western 

District. 

Tables M. &. N. are the same with respect to the different 
counties of the Commonwealth, where the 
convictions were before Justices of the Peace. 
The last column of Table I. is here altered, 
and shows not the amount of costs " not 
forming a part of the prisoner's sentence," 
but the amounts allowed by the Common- 
wealth to the several justices. 

Table II. is a general statement of the prosecutions during 
1839, resulting in Acquittals. In this table 
the crimes are classified, and the number of 
cases of each crime in each county, is spe- 
cified. 

Table III. shows the amount of costs paid by the Common- 
wealth in cases of acquittal. 

Table IV. is a general statement of all the prosecutions during 
1839, resulting in convictions, on the same 
plan as Table II. 

Table V. is a general statement of fines and costs paid or not 
paid by the prisoners, and of costs paid by the 
Commonwealth, where the prisoners were not 
sentenced to pay them. 



Table VI. shows the entire number of prosecutions during 
1839, and the aggregate an 
far as returns were received. 



1839, and the aggregate amount of costs so 



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Table VII. shows the number of convictions before Justices of 
the Peace in Essex County. The return was 
not received until after the completion of the 
foregoing tables. 

Table VIII. shows the number of prosecutions and the costs 
thereof, in the months of November and De- 
cember, 1838, so far as they could be distin- 
guished in the several reports of the District 
Attorneys, 



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RECAPITULATION 

FOR THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK. 



Total Convictions in the County of Suffolk, from Januarij \st, 1839, to December \st, 1839, 

inclusive. 

In the Supreme Judicial Court, - - - 8 

111 the IMunicipal Court, ... - 240 

In the Police Court. ... - 1143 



Total, 



1391— Total Convictions in Suffolk. 



Of the persons sentenced to Imprisonment in Suffolk Co. the following 


disposition was made. 




S. P. 


H.C. 


H. R. 


C. G. H.I. 


Total. 


From the Supreme Judicial Court, 

From the Municipal Court, 

From the Police Court, . . - . 


3 

47 


1 

65 

529 


9 
47 


7 

1 


3 


4 
128 
580 




50 


595 


56 


8 


3 


712 



Costs paid by the Commonwealth in those cases where the 
Prisoner was not sentenced to pay the costs as a part 
of his punishment. 

A. 
In the Supreme Judicial Court, - ^378 95 

In the Municipal Court, - - - 3802 68 

In the Police Court, - . - - 3025 09 



Total, 



- ^7206 72 



Costs paid by Prisoners. 

In the Supreme Judicial Court, - - 53 49 

In the Municipal Court, - - - 36197 

In the Police Court, - - - - 1274 37 

Total, - - - S1689 83 



Costs ordered to be paid by the Prisoner, and for non- 
putjment of which he was committed to the Common 
Gaol till payment inade. 

In the Supreme Judicial Court, - - $0 00 
In the Municipal Court, ... (50 84 

In the Police Court, ... - 510 S3 



Total amount of Costs in the 
cases where the Prisoner was 
convicted. 



>A. 
15. 
C. 



Total, 



^601 67 



5720G 72 
J 689 83 
601 67 

59498 22 



In Suffolk. 



Amount of FiTies paid by Prisoners. 

In the Supreme Judicial Court, - - 5^0 00 
In the Municipal Court, ... 6G8 50 

In the Police Court, .... 1089 76 

Total, .... ^1808 26 



Amount of Fines imposed where the Prisoner was com- 
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In the Municipal Court, - - - 6i0 CO 

In the I'olice Court, - - - - 458 ;0 



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52906 76 



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65 



B. 

Number of Convictions in the County of Suffolk during the year 1839, with a Classification 

of the Crimes. 





In S. J. C. 


In M. C. 


In P. C. 


Total. 


Offences against the person. 
Assault with intent to commit Rape, 
Assault and Battery, .... 
Assault. ...... 

Fighting, 

Trealening, --.--- 


- 


1 

19 
1 


171 
5 

4 

2 


1 

190 
6 

4 
2 


Total offences against the person, 


- 


21 


182 


203 


Offences agaiiist properly with violence. 


- 


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Offences against property without violence. 
Larcen}', ...... 

Receiving Stolen Property, ... 
Fraud, 


4 
1 


132 
7 
10 


155 


291 

7 

11 


Total, - - . - . 


5 


149 


155 


309 


Forgery and offences against the currency. 
Forgery, 


1 


7 


- 


8 


Other offences not included in the foregoing. 
Information on S. P. Convict Law, 

Libel, 

Keeping House of Ill-fame, ... 
Adultery, ...... 

Lewdness, ..... 

Disorderly House, ..... 

Illegal Voting, . - . . . 
Violation of ihe Sundaj' Law, ... 
Violation of the License Law, ... 
Police offences, ..... 

Extinguishing street lamp. 

Carrying liquor into Gaol, .... 

Vagabonds, ...... 

Oisiurbance, ..... 

Contempt of Court, ..... 

Idlers, ...... 

Runaway', ..... 

Disorderly person, ..... 

Night Walking, ..... 

Stubborn children, ..... 

Gaming, ...... 

Trespass, ...... 

Violation of Road Law, .... 

Breaking a street lamp, .... 

Having lighted cigars in the streets, 


1 


15 
1 

19 
4 

1 

6 

2 
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1 


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16 

4 
11 

538 

69 

52 

2 

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3 

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16 

13 

3 

1 

1 

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16 

1 

19 

4 

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18 

6 

6 

13 

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538 

69 

52 

2 

3 

3 

1 

1 

22 

16 

13 

3 

1 

1 

5 


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1 


56 


814 


871 



RECAPITULATION 



Total offences against the person, . . . 

" " " property, with violence, 

" " " " without violence, 

" Forgery and offences against currency, 
" other crimes not included in the foregoing, - 

Total convictions in Suffolk County in 1839, 



203 

309 

8 

871 



1391 



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RECAPITULATION. 



Total Convictions in the Northern District, for 1839. 



Middlesex... 



Essex. 



, S. J. Court, and Common Pleas, 
• Police Couri of Lowell, . 
< .S. J. Court, and Common Pleas, 
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105 


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113 


37 


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184 



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Essex Co 5f."P-Ct;^»''CPleas, 

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Middlesex Co 5 ^"1'- ^'- ^'"^ ^- ^^^^^' 
Middlesex Co .. .J ...^^^^ ^.j_ ^,. Lowell, 



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4G1 33 



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'• ^ I'olice Cl. of Salem, . 41236 

I Sup. J Cl. and C. I'leas, 1 1 13 88 
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189 40 

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„.,,, „ iSup.J.Ci.andC. Pleas, 265 00 

Middlesex Co . . ^ j.^j^^ ^^ ^^ Lowell. . 628 50 



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*^"®''^° n'olice Cl. of Salem, . 41^0 

Sup. J Ct. andC. I'leas, 00 00 
Police Ct. of Lowell, . 35 00 



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Number of Conoictions in the Northern District during the year 1839, with a Classijicalion 

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Middlesex Co. 


Total. 


Off'ences against the person. 
Murder, ..... 
Assault to commit Rape, 

Robbery, ..... 
Assault and Battery, 

Assault, ..... 
Threatening, .... 


2' 
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97 


Offences against properly with violence. 
Burglary, ..... 


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Offences against properly without violence. 
Arson, ...... 

Larceny, ..... 

Trespass and Malicious Mischief, 
Fraud, ..... 


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29 


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108 


Forgery and offences against the currency. 






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Riot, 

Drunkenness and Common Dru 
Adultery, 
Vagabond, 

Violation of License Law, . 
Escape, 

Nuisance, . . 
Gaming, 

Contempt of Court, 
Police oflence, . 
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Total Convictions in the Southern District from January 1st, 1839, to December 31st, 1839, 

inclusive. 
In the Supreme Judicial Court. ----- 1 

In the Cdurl of Common Pleas, - - - . 102 

In the Police Court of New Bedford, - - - - 612 



Total convictions in the Southern District, 



615 



Exclusive of all 
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In the Police Court of New Bedford, - 754 42 



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Costs paid by Prisoners. 

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- 2145 78 

52688 16 



Total amount of Costs in cases 
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In the Police Court of New Bedford, - 399 32 



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1635 47 

2688 15 

399 32 

54722 94 



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488 00 



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Number of Convictions in the Southern District dui-ing the year 1839, with a Classijication 

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Receiving Stolen Goods, - - - - - 
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Larceny, --..-.. 


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Forgery and offences against the currency. 
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5 


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Other offences not included in the foregoing. 
Drunkenness and Common Drunkards, - . - 

Riot, 

Violation of License Law, - . . . - 
Vagal)ond, --.... 

Disturbance, ------- 

Lewdness, ------ 

Profane Swearing, ------ 

Adultery, ------- 

Contempt of Court, ------ 

Rescue, .----.- 

Illegal sale of Lumber, - . - - - 
Fornication, ------ 

Nuisance, ------- 

Disorderly House, - - - - - 


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1 
2 
2 
4 

2 
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403 

22 
18 
1 
2 
3 
4 
2 
2 
1 
1 
11 
5 
9 
2 


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- 


62 


424 


486 



RECAPITULATION. 



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" " " property, with violence, - 

" " " " without violence, 

♦' Forgery, and ofTeuces against the currency, 
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52 

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486 



Total oSences in Southern District, including the Police Court of New Bedford; in 1839, 615 



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G. 

RECAPITULATION. 



Total Convictions in the County of Worcester, from January \st, 1839 to 

December 3lst, 1839, inclusive. 

In the Supreme Judicial Courl, ..... 00 J 

In tlie Coun of Common Pleas, ...... 18( 

Do in the County of Norfolk for the sanie term. 

In the Supreme Judicial Courl, ..... OOl 

In the Court of Common Pleas, ...... 22^ 



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40 



Exclusive 
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tices of the 
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was made. 





S. P. 


H. C. 


Total. 


From Worcester County, ...... 

From Norfolk County, ...... 


4 
9 


9 

2 


13 
11 


Total, ....... 


13 


11 


24 



Costs paid by the Commonwealth in those cases where the 
Prisoner was not sentenced to pay the costs as a part 
of his punishment. 

In the County of Worcester, . 574 75 

In the County of Norfolk, . . 391 19 



Total, 



^965 94 



Costs paid by Prisoners. 



In the Count}' of Worcester, 
In the County of Norfolk, 

Total, . 



61 40 
108 79 

gl70 19 



B. 



Total amount of Costs in ca- 
ses where the Prisoner was 
convicted. 



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Costs ordered to be paid by the Prisoner, and for non- 
payment of which he was committed to the Common 
Gaol till payment made. 

In the County of Worcester, . 00 00 

In the County of Norfolk, . . 33 48 



Total, 



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^965 94 
170 19 
33 48 

^1169 61 



In the Mid- 
dle Dis. 



Amount of Fines paid by Prisoners. 



In the County of Worcester, 
In the County of Norfolk, 

Total, . 



5 00 

75 00 

$S0 00 



D. 



Amount of Fines imposed where the Prisoner was com' 
milted for non-paifnent. 



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In the County of Norfolk, 

Total, . 



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25 00 

525 00 



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Total amount of Fines imposed. 

> D. ^80 00 \ 

E. 25 00 ( In the Mid- 

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5 105 00 J 



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107 



H. 

Number of Convictions in the Middle District during the year 1839, with a Classification 

of the Crimes. 





Worcester Co. 


Norfl'kCo. 


Total. 


Offences against the person. 
Assault and Battery, 


2 


2 


4 


Tola!, ..... 


2 


2 


4 


Offences against properlij with violence. 
Burglary, ..... 





2 


2 


Total, ..... 





2 


2 


Offences against property without violence. 
Larceny, ..... 

Fraud,. ..... 

Malicious Mischief, .... 


6 
1 



10 


1 


16 

1 
1 


Total, ..... 


7 


11 


18 


Forgery and offences against the currency. 
Forgery, ..... 


3 





3 


Total, .... 


3 





3 


Other offences not included in the foregoing. 
Illegal Voting, .... 
Nuisance, ..... 
Suboniaiion of Perjury, 
Adultery, . . 
Violation of License Law, . 
Riot, . . . . 


1 

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1 
2 






3 



2 
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1 


1 
3 
1 
2 
2 
1 
1 


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6 


7 


13 



RECAPITULATION 



Total offences against the person, 

" " " properly, with violence, 

" " " " without violence, 

" Forgery, and offences against the Currency, 
" other offences, .... 



4 
2 

18 
3 

13 



Total convictions in Middle District, for 1839, . 



40 



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RECAPITULATION. 



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Hampden County. 
Berkshire County, 
Hampshire County, 
Franklin County, 



Total convictions in Western District, 



Exclusive of 
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S. P. 


H.C. 


C. G. 


Total. 


From Hampden County, - - . . 
From Berkshire County, - - - . . 
From Hampshire County, .... 
From Franklin County, ..... 


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4 

2 
2 


6 
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2 

2 


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25 
6 
6 
4 


Total, 


24 


11 


6 


41 



Costs paid by the Commonwealth in those ca.-cs where the 
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Hampden County, 
Beikshire County, 
Hampshire County, 
Franklin County, - 

Total, 



5IG+I 91 

■ 690 65 

260 75 

- 283 47 

52876 78 



Costs paid by the Prisoner. 



Hampden Courty, 
Berkshire County, 
Hampsfiire County, 
Franklin County, - 

Tolal, 



S'io 97 

45 51 

9 85 

172 29 

53I8 62 



Total amount of Costs in cases 
where the Prisoner was con- 
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52876 78 
318 62 

53i95 40 



Fines paid by Prisoner. 



Hampden Count}', 
Berkshire County, 
Hampshire County, - 
Franklin County, - 

Total, 



5722 00 

23 00 
20 00 
150 01 

5915 01 



Total amount of Fines imposed. 
5915 01 



112 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 



Number of Convictions in the Western District during the year 1839, with a Classijcaiion 

of the Crimes. 



Offences against the person. 
Assault with intent to commit Murder, 
Assault with intent to commit Rape, 
Assault and Battery, - - - - - 
Assault, --.-.. 


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9 
5 


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2 


5 


4 


19 


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Burglary, .----- 


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1 








3 


Offences against property without violence. 
Larceny, ...... 

Receiving Stolen Goods, .... 

Arson, ...... 

Malicious Trespass, .... 

Fraud, 


13 

1 

1 



5 


1 




7 




1 









25 
1 

1 
1 

1 


Total, 


15 


6 


8 





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Violation of the Auction Law, ... 
Adultery, ...... 

Drunkenness, --..-. 
Resisting an Officer, .... 

Violation of the License Law, ... 
Nuisance, ...... 

Violation of the Sunday Law, ... 
Lewdness, ..... 

Conveying tools into Gaol, .... 

Riot, ...... 

Jail Breach, ...... 

Conspiracy, ..... 

Violation of the Tavern Law, ... 






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2 
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4 
1 
1 
9 
4 
1 
3 
2 
1 
1 
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1 


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12 


6 


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32 



RECA PITULATION. 



Total offences against the person, . - - 

" " " properly, with violence, - 

" " " " without violence, - 

" Forgery and offences against the currency, 
" other offences, . . . . 

Total convictions in the Western Distiict, 



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RECAPITULATION. 



Total Number of Convictions before Justices of the Peace. 



In Barnstable County, 
In Berkshire County, 
In Hampden County, 
In Hampshire County, 
In Franklin County, - 
In Norfolk County, 
In Plymouth County, - 
In Worcester County, 

Total, 



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19 

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243 



Costs allowed the several Justices in the preceding named 






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In Berkshire Count}', 
In Hampden County, - 
In Hampshire County, 
In Franklin Count}-, 
In Norfolk County, - 
In Plymouth County, - 
In Worcester County, 


39 93 

- 134 44 
163 56 

- 71 33 
60 23 

- 418 61 
127 56 

- 746 21 




Total, 


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Costs paid by the Prisoners. 




In Barnstable County, - - 00 00 
In Berkshire County, - - - 6 84 
In Hampden County, - - - 00 00 
In Hampshire County, - - - 00 00 
In Franklin, Norfolk, Worcester & Plymouth, 00 00 




Total, - 


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Costs ordered to be paid 
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In Berkshire County, 
In Hampden County, - 
In Hampshire County, 
In Franklin County, 
In Norfolk County, 
In Plymouth County, - 
In Worcester County, 


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86 88 

- 43 01 
32 46 

- 67 34 
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Norfolk, 

Plymouth, 

Worcester, 



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70 00 

- 37 00 
17 00 

- 36 00 
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327 00 

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Berkshire County, ..... 

Hampden County, ...... 

Hampshire County, ..... 

Franklin County, ...... 

Norfolk County, --.-.. 
Plymouth County, ...... 

Worcester County, ..... 


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" other offences, not included in the foregoing. 



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138 



Total convictions before Justices of the Peace, in 1839, 



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RECAPITULATION OF ACaUITTALS, 



Offences against the person, - - 147 

Offences against property with violence, 9 

Offences against property witliout violence, 190 

Forgery and offences against the currency, 19 

Other offences not included in the foregoing, 237 

602 Total number of prosecutions in the Com- 
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Dukes County, ...... 

Essex, ....... 

Franklin, ...... 

Hampden, ....... 

Hampshire, ...... 

Middlesex, .,.---- 

Nantucket, ...... 

Norfolk, 

Plymouth, ...... 

Suffolk, ....... 

Worcester, ...--- 
Southern District, .-.--- 



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841 73 


339 99 


612 79 


91 30 


1101 38 


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486 96 


135 97 


1329 63 


605 59 


266 68 



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GSNCRAL RECAPITULATION OF COSTS AND FINES 

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1563 26 


158 67 


2117 85 


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172 29 


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283 47 


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86 88 


1641 91 


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809 80 


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1689 83 


601 67 


7206 72 


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1320 96 


Southern District, 


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93 00 


2688 15 


399 32 


1635 47 


Total, 


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1740 00 


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1599 24 


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RECAPITULATION 



Total amowrt of Costs in cases of Conviction, 



Paid by Commonwealth, - 

Paid by Prisoners, 

Ordered to be paid by Prisoners, 



Paid by Prisoners, 
Not paid, - 



Total amount of Fines imposed. 



g 18,370 54 
8155 04 
1599 24 

^28,124 82 



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1740 00 

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132 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

VI. 

Table — showing the aggregate amount of Costs and the number of Prosecutions. i 



Costs in cases of Convictions, ...... ;g28,124 82 

Costs in cases of Acquittals, -.-... 6681 73 

Total costs of criminal justice in 1839, - - - ^34,806 65 

Deduct amount paid by Prisoners, ----- 8035 78 

Paid by Commonwealth, - - . /. - . - §26,770 77 



Prosecutions. 



Convictions, 2925 

Acquittals, .----..--- 602 

Total, 3527 



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Number of Convictions in Essex County before a Justice of the Peace, tcith a 
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Assault and Batter}', 
Threatening, 



Offences against the person. 



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Gaming, ..---. 

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Numher of Prosecutions before Justices of the Peace in Essex County, resulting- 
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Offences against the person. 
Assault and Battery, - - - . 

Assault to commit a felony, 



Larceny, 

Fraud, 

Trespass, 



Other offences not included in the foregoing 
Drunkenness and Common Drunkards, 
Common Railer, . . - . - 

Violation of the f-icense Law, - - - 

Violation of the Road Law, - - - 

Disturbing Public Worship, . . - 

Contempt of Court, - - - - 

Selling fireworks, . - - - 

Disturbance, - . . . . 



Total acquittals, 
Cases where only the Bills of Costs are returned, 



1 

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Total, 

Offences against property with violence, 
Offences against property without violence. 

Total, — 

Forgery and offences against the cun-ency, 



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55 94 



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231 49 

Allowed Justices for 
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1840.] 



SENATE— No, 20. 



137 



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Convictions, - - 

Acquiltals, . . - . - 

Cases where only Bills of Costs are returned, 

Total prosecutions inEsseXj 



107 
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188 



COSTS. 
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Acquiltals, - . . . 

Cases where only Bills of Cost are returned, - 
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^697 45 

437 26 

231 49 

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Total expenses of Criminal Justice before Justices of the 

Peace in Essex County, in 1839, - - ^1374 20 



Note. — The number of Complaints made to the several Grand Juries in the Common- 
wealih since the date of the last annual reports, in which no bills were found, is 317. The 
costs in these cases are not stated, except in Suffolk County, where they amounted to 
^322 88, paid by the Commonwealth. 

The number of prosecutions under the License Law, commenced in 1839 and continued 
into the year 1840, is 417, as follows : 



Suffolk, 

Southern District, 
Middle District, 
Western District, 
Northern District, 



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In the iiionlhs of November and December, 1838, in Stiffolk County, the Prosecutions result- 
ing in Acquittals, toere as follows. 

Larceny, ----....--7 

Subornation of Perjur}', --.....- 2 

Conspiracy, --.-.....-1 
Fraud, ----..-... 13 

Felonious Assault, - - - - - -- - -1 

Total, 2t 

The total amount of Costs in these cases was ^501 5'1 — of which ^146 02 were paid by 
the Defendants on nolle prosequi. 



During the same months, the Prosecutions in Worcester County, resulting in Acquittals, 

were— 

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Perjury, .--...,... ] 

Forgery, -.-......-1 

Total, 3 

The amount of Costs in these cases was ^281 99. 



1840.] 



SENATE— No. 20. 



143 



RECAPITULATION 

OF THE PRECEDING TABLES 



Criminal Pi'osecutions in the inonllis of November and December, 1838. 



COUNTIES. 


Convictions. 


Acquittals. 


Total. 


Suffolk CatmXy, ..... 
Worcester County, ..... 
Norfolk Count3% ..... 
Hampshire Count}', .... 
Franklin County, ..... 


70 
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94 

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3 


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91 


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Suffolk, ;?1613 67 In Convictions, 

" 355 52 In Acquittals. 

Worcester, § '08 94 In Convictions. 

" 281 99 In Acquittals. 

Norfolk, §40 80 In Convictions. 

Hampshire, 67 63 In Convictions. 

Franklin, 103 70 In Convictions. 



Total, g2572 25 



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the Convictions took place.