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WILLIAMS' COMPILATION

OF THE

LAWS OF VERMONT.

1839 TO

to 1850.

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SUCH OF THE REVISED STATUTES, AND OF THE
PUBLIC ACTS AND LAWS PASSED SINCE,

AS ARE NOW IN FORCE:

TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED

THE CONSTITUTIONS

OF THE

UNITED STATES AND OF THE STATE OF VERMONT,

COMPILED, IN PURSUANCE OF AN ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE,

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COMPILER'S REPORT.

To HIs ExcELLENCY CHARLEs K. WILLIAMs,
Governor of THE STATE of VERMont :

I herewith transmit the Compilation of the Public Acts and Laws of the State of Vermont, including the Revised Statutes and those passed since, which I have prepared in pursuance of an act of the legislature, entitled “an act to provide for compiling the laws of this state,” approved November 13, 1850. I have followed, as nearly as practicable, the arrangement adopted in the Revised Statutes, believing that to have been intended by the legislature, and thinking that such an arrangement would be more convenient and intelligible. I have however, in many instances, disregarded the previous arrangement of the sections in particular chapters, and adopted one essentially different; this, in some cases, having been rendered necessary by the numerous additions and amendments which have been made, and in others because I believed that thereby the subject would be presented in a more natural and readily intelligible order. The act under which the compilation has been prepared requires the omission of all acts or parts of acts repealed; but, in a few instances, I found that such omissions could not be made without, at the same time, suppressing some provision which is still in force, or which was necessary to be retained for the purpose of fully understanding some other provision which has reference to it. When, to prevent such a suppression, any acts or parts of acts, which have been repealed or superseded, are retained, I have endeavored to prevent their misleading, by making references to the subsequent enactments by which they are affected. I have generally omitted those sections which declared at what time the act should take effect, or which provided for the repeal of former laws, and the preservation of rights accrued under them; believing that a recurrence to such provisions would be rare, except in cases where resort must necessarily be had to the original publication of the law,

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