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State of Maine,
Passed October 22, 1840.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1841, by Philip C. JOHNSON, Secretary of the State of
Maine, in trust for said State, in the clerk's office of the district court of Maine.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED IN COMPLIANCE WITH A RESOLVE OF OCTOBER 22, 1840.
The report which formed the basis of these Revised Statutes was made to the legislature, on the first of January, 1840, by the Hon. Prentiss Mellen, Hon. Samuel E. Smith and Ebenezer Everett, Esq., the last commissioners appointed under the resolve of February 28, 1837, having been employed but little more than one year in its preparation. The printing of their report having been completed early in March, it was referred to a joint select committee, consisting of seven members of the senate, and twenty members of the house of representatives. This committee was authorized to sit during the recess, and the legislature adjourned to the seventeenth of September following. The committee met on the fourth of June, and, after a session of fifty six days, returned to the legislature the report of the revising commissioners, with various amendments. At the adjournment, the legislature, in a session of thirty six days closing on the twenty second of October, passed the act called the Revised Statutes. By a resolve of the last mentioned date, the undersigned were appointed commissioners, with directions, carefully to examine the copies of the Revised Statutes, transcribed from the originals in the secretary of state's office, revise the proof sheets, prepare suitable abstracts and marginal notes to the sections, and an exact and copious index of the whole, and personally to superintend the publication thereof; and that said statutes should be printed according to uniform rules of orthography and punctuation. Having performed these duties, with such care and ability as we could, we present this volume to the people of Maine.
Prefised to the volume, are the constitutions of the United States and of Maine. with the several amendments which have been adopted thereto. Subjoined, are the other public acts of 1840 and 1841, with a list of acts unrepealed, and an appendix containing extracts from laws descriptive of the boundaries of the several counties, and certain other laws deemed desirable as subjects of reference.
In executing the duties of this commission, where a superfluous word has been found in the original, evidently inserted by mistake, it has been printed in