Legal Papers of John Adams, volume 2

Editorial Note

Adams' Minutes of the Argument

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12 Car. 2, c. 19, §1 (1660). The warrant so issued enabled the holder

“with the assistance of a sheriff, justice of peace or constable, to enter into any house in the day-time where such goods are suspected to be concealed, and in case of resistance to break open such houses, and to seize and secure the same goods so concealed; and all officers and ministers of Justice are hereby required to be aiding and assisting thereunto.”

The Act limited entries under it to one month after the offense was supposed to have been committed and gave any party injured by a false information an action of trespass against the informer. Id. §§2, 4.