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U.S. Colonial Laws: Massachusetts

This guide lists sources of laws of the original thirteen colonies.

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Massachusetts Acts and Resolves 1692 to 1780

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The acts and resolves, public and private, of the province of the Massachusetts Bay, to which are prefixed the charters of the province.  With historical and explanatory notes, and an appendix.  Boston, Wright & Potter, Printers to the State, 1869-1922. 21 v.


Many volumes full text in the HathiTrust Digital Library

The charters and general laws of the Colony and Province of Massachusetts Bay, carefully collected from the publick records and ancient printed books, to which is added an appendix, tending to explain the spirit, progress and history of the jurisprudence of the state, especially in a moral and political view ...

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The colonial laws of Massachusetts : reprinted from the edition of 1672 with the supplements through 1686 : containing also a bibliographical preface and introduction treating of all the printed laws from 1649 to 1686 : together with the Body of Liberties of 1641, and the records of the Court of Assistants, 1641-1644 / by William H. Whitmore.

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The compact with the charter and laws of the colony of New Plymouth: together with the charter of the Council at Plymouth, and an appendix, containing the Articles of confederation of the United colonies of New England, and other valuable documents. Published agreeably to a resolve, passed April 5, 1836. Under the supervision of William Brigham.

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The acts and resolves, public and private, of the province of the Massachusetts Bay, to which are prefixed the charters of the province.  With historical and explanatory notes, and an appendix.  Boston, Wright & Potter, Printers to the State, 1869-1922. 21 v.

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The acts and resolves, public and private, of the province of the Massachusetts Bay, to which are prefixed the charters of the province.  With historical and explanatory notes, and an appendix.  Boston, Wright & Potter, Printers to the State, 1869-1922. 21 v.

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The book of the general lawes and libertyes concerning the inhabitants of the Massachusets : reproduced in facsimile from the unique 1648 edition in the Huntington Librar, ed. by Thomas Barnes 

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The colonial laws of Massachusetts. Reprinted from the edition of 1660, with the supplements to 1672. Containing also, the Body of liberties of 1641. Pub. by order of the City council of Boston, under the supervision of William H. Whitmore, record commissioner, with a complete index.


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The compact with the charter and laws of the colony of New Plymouth: together with the charter of the Council at Plymouth, and an appendix, containing the Articles of confederation of the United colonies of New England, and other valuable documents. Published agreeably to a resolve, passed April 5, 1836. Under the supervision of William Brigham.

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The laws and liberties of Massachusetts, 1641-1691 : a facsimile edition, containing also Council orders and executive proclamations / compiled with an introd. by John D. Cushing.

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Massachusetts province laws, 1692-1699 / with an editorial note by John D. Cushing.

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The laws and liberties of Massachusetts : reprinted from the unique copy of the 1648 edition in the Henry E. Huntington Library / with an introduction by Richard S. Dunn.

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The laws of the Pilgrims. [A facsimile ed. of The book of the general laws of the inhabitants of the jurisdiction of New-Plimouth, 1672 & 1685 / with an introd. by John D. Cushing].

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