Correspondence and notes relating to republication of Province laws, [189-]

Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State


0.17 cubic ft. (1 doc. box).
Publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the complete and annotated set: The Acts and resolves, public and private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, including the years 1692 to 1780, and popularly known as the Province laws, was authorized by Resolves 1865, c 43 and again by Resolves 1867, c 87. (See also Resolves 1893, c 12; St 1894, c 387; and St 1899, c 477.) Under the mandated direction of the governor and council, the twenty-one volumes were issued between 1869 and 1922, with materials relating to the project being deposited with the state secretary -- Editors consulted previously published editions, archival material in custody of the state secretary, and documents from the State Papers Dept. of the British Public Records Office, of which they obtained transcripts (see: Transcripts from the British Public Record Office (M-Ar)43X)). Series includes correspondence of Abner C. Goodell, editor through 1896, and notes based on archival consultations, including a list of provincial legislative and judicial officers in Massachusetts, and documents relating to land grants and boundaries between Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0029-A describes the history and functions of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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