Senate Journal 1820-21 (30-28907-P021B.pdf)
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assumed their independence, it became necessary for the several States, and Massachusetts among them to adopt the then existing collonial [colonial] statutes together with the common law of Great Britain, embracing also a considerable portion of her statutes. This heterogeneous mass with the statutes & judicial decisions of Massachusetts has been provisionally adopted by this State; in addition to which, we have those of the limited States, the whole combined forming such a variety of laws, opinions, and judicial decisions, as to file so many volumes, that few fortunes can purchase them and fewer capacities correctly understand them. A condensed, plain, perspicuous and well digested code therefore, embracing every branch of civil and criminal law as well as the forms of proceeding in the several courts, would, it is believed, be a most invaluable acquisition to the citizens of this State. That the compilation and establishment of such a code is not altogether visionary is demonstrated by the fact, that such a code as not only been framed and established for itself by a foreign nation in our town times but is universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest national benefits every conferred on any country in any age. If the enacting of such a code is ever practicable under a government constituted like ours, there can be no period more favorable to its accomplishment than the present, when we are just commencing our political course as a new and independent State, and when so general a disposition prevails to harmonize in all measures calculated to promote the best interests of the community. Should the Legislature deem it expedient to adopt any measures preparatory to such a general revision of our laws, i would recommend that provision be made for establishing a Board of Jurisprudence to consist of men best qualified for the duties of such a station with instructions to digest and prepare such a code and report the same to the Legislature.
The situation of our fellow citizens employed in agricultural pursuits will not suffer in comparison with that of those of any other part of our country. It furnishes the
Description: The Journal of the Senate documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.
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