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THE

AMERICAN LAWYER,

AND

BUSINESS-MANS FORM-BOOK ;

CONTAINIXO

FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS

For
Contracts,
Arbitration and
Award, Assignments,
Chattel Mortgages, Bills
of Sale, Bill of Lading, Bonds,
Exchange, Drafts, Prounissory Notes,
Orders, Receipts, Due-Bills, Conveyances,
Deeds, Mortgages, Indentures, Satisfactions,
Releases, Dower, Leases, Landlord's and Tenant's
Agreements, Composition with Creditors, Charter of
Vossels, Building, Letters of Credit and License, Marriage,
Articles of Partnership, Power of Attorney, Wills and Codicile,
Trust Forms, Barter, Liabilities of Common Carriers and of Minora,
Naturalization, Pre-Emption Rights on Public Landa, Rights to Military
Bounty Land, Copyright laws, Regulations and Forms for obtaining Patenta,
Customhouse Regulations, Domestic and Foreign Rates of Postage, System of.
Rook-Keeping, Interest Tables, Equation Țime Table, Interest and Mensuration Rules,
Weights and Measure a different countries, l'alue of Gold and Silver Coins, 8c., Sam

TOGETHER WITA

THE LAWS OF THE VARIOUS STATES
ON THE QUALIFICATIONS NECESSARY FOR VOTERS
HOUSEHOLD AND HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS FROM EXECUTION, DEEDS,
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF DEEDS, MECHANICS LIEN, COLLECTION
OF DEBTS, LIMITATION OF ACTIONS, REGULATING CONTRACTS,
CHATTEL MORTGAGES, RIGHTS OF MARRIED WOMEN

DOWER, RATES OF INTEREST, USURY, AND WILLS ;

AND

A MAP AND SEAL FOR EACH STATE IN :TLE UNION.

BY DELOS W. BEADLE, A. M.,

ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW

NEW YORK:

ENSIGN & BRIDGMAN, 166 WILLIAM ST.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by H. PHELPS & Co., and

Re-entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855,

BY ENSIGN, BRIDG MAN, & FANNING, AND C. C. SAVAGE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Southera

District of New York.

GIFT OF

Bancroit

LIBRARY

DELOS 35. BËADLE,

ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW,

REFERENCES. SIMON GREENLEAF, LL.D., Boston, Mass. JOHN P. CONVERSE, Esq., Parkman, Ohio. Kia. WM. Kent, LL.D., New York City. WM. S. DRIGGS, Esq., Detroit, Mich. JASON STEELE, Esq., Windsor, Vt.

TIMOTHY D. CROCKER, Esq., Burlington, la JONATHAN EDWARDS. Esq.. San Francisco, Cal.

This book which we now offer you is emphatically a manual for the guidance of any and every man in business transactions, in a manner prescribed by law and the usage of trade. But in addition to this, it embodies an array of practical information which makes it a most valuable referencebook to the business man; and we assume that there is no other work equal to it in point of FULLNESS and CORRECTNESS. It has been prepared by a lawyer of high character and standing, whose professional reputation is a sufficient guaranty for its accuracy, assisted by a business-man well acquainted with the wants of the community on the points which this volume is intended to supply.

In presenting its claims to public favor, we do not address ourselves as is usual “ to the Reader,” but “to the Purchaser,” for we do not expect any man to read it through, but to use it as a reference-book, not only that his business may be done in a form that shall secure his legal right, but also to ascertain what protection the laws of the states afford him in the prosecution of his business. When we ask the business-man to purchase it, we expect him to inquire, “Will it Pay?” We answer

IT WILL PAY THE City WHOLESALE MERCHANT. Your customers are scattered throughout the country, and it is important for you to know the laws of the various States for the Collection of Debts, the kinds of Property exempt from Attachment, Customhouse Regulations, Foreign Weights and Measures, Liabilities of Common Carriers, Forms of Power of Attorney and of revoking the same, Agreements, and many other things which the index will show.

IT WILL PAY THE CITY RETAILER. We give Forms of Articles of Copartnership, of Leases, Assignment of Policy of Insurance, Notes, Orders, Receipts, Value of Coins, &c.; besides important information on various subjects.

IT WILL PAY THE COUNTRY MERCHANT. We give you Forms for Bills of Sale, Contracts, Letters of Credit, Agreement for Sale of Personal Property, Bonds, Book-Keeping, Chattel Mortgages, and a large number of other items adapted to your daily wants.

IT WILL PAY THE ATTORNEY. Our book, emanating from one whose legal acumen will not be questioned, gives the profession the State Laws for the Collection of Debts, Laws Regulating Conveyances, the Limitation of Actions, Property Exemptions, Rates of Interest, Acknowledgments of Deeds, Statutes of Fraud, Wills, &c., which have been verified by lawyers residing in the different states, and a long array of Forms for drafting business papers.

IT WILL PAY THE FARMER. We give you Forms for Deeds, Mortgages, Satisfaction of Mortgages, Bills of Sale, Cultivation of Land, Sale of Animals with Warranty, Homostead and other Exemptions,

Instructions for obtaining Public Lands of the government, and numerous other forms and information which might be as important to a farmer as his plough.

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IT WILL PAY THE MECHANIC. Turn to the Lien Laws for the benefit of Mechanics, Liabilities of Mi. nors, Indentures for an Apprentice, Articles of Partnership, forms and rules mrescribed for securing Patents, Contracts, Assignments: the Index will exhibit other subjects equally useful to you.

IT WILL PAY THE EMIGRANT. We give you the Laws and Forms regulating Naturalization, Right of settling on United States Public Lands, Homestead and other Property Exempt from Sale for Debts in the different States, Rates of Postage to Foreign Countries, Value of Gold and Silver Coins, Business Forms, &c.

IT WILL PAY EVERY MAN AND WOMAN Look at the array of forms and subjects already mentioned, also Promis sory Notes, Landlord and Tenant's Agreements, Rights of Married Women, Dower, Rights of Military Bounty Land, Interest Tables, &c., together with another item giving great interest to this work, being a well-delineated MAP OF EACH STATE IN THE UNION, AND A MAP OF THE U.S., which Maps alone are worth three times what is asked for the whole work,

If we have now made it plain that it will be a valuable book to you, we ask you to buy it, not simply to promote our interests, bat because we give you in return that information which every man ought to have at his com mand.

THE PUBLISHERS. JANUARY 1, 1851.

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE REVISED EDITION.

The extensive patronage bestowed on the AMERICAN LAWYER since its first publication, is the most satisfactory evidence that the publishers were right in supposing that such a work was required for the guidance of all classes of our citizens, and were successful in their efforts to fill the vacuum. Alterations were made from time to time to meet the changes in the statutc laws of the several states, but no thorough revision of the work has before been undertaken.

A number of the states having recently reorganized their Code, the pube lishers determined to revise the work, and make the Special Laws as com. plete and reliable as labor and experience could do it. To accomplish this purpose, the pages devoted to the different states were severally submitted to an able and distinguished practitioner resident in each state, for critical examination and careful comparison with the Revised Statutes and latest enactments of the state, who has verified or modified the law on the subjects included in the volume, to make them conform to the statutes at the present time. This has involved more or less changes in all the states, and in some of them an almost entire modification of the statutes previously published. Several of the maps have been re-engraved, and the laws and map of Minnesota are now given for the first time.

This revised and enlarged edition of the LAWYER is now submitted to the public, with the full confidence that those who have tested the intrinsic merits of the old edition, will purchase the new one, and find its valuo greatly enhanced.

THE PUBLISHERS. New YORK, January, 1856.

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