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Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0082-0013

Author: Adams, John
Author: Hawley, Joseph
Author: Worthington, John
Author: Hutchinson, Thomas
Author: Massachusetts, Lieutenant Governor of
Author: Massachusetts House of Representatives
Date: 1770-11-20

An Act for the Limitation of Personal Actions

20 November 1770. MS , engrossed copy, signed by Hutchinson (M-Ar). Printed: Mass., Province Laws , 5:109–111. Prepared by a committee appointed 16 October composed of JA , John Worthington, and Joseph Hawley (Mass., House Jour. , 1770–1771, p. 98).
The need to regularize limitations on suits at law was one of the “important Matters” cited by Hutchinson in his plea to the House to resume business in June (same, p. 23). Legislation limiting such actions had been passed in earlier years, but had been “repeatedly suspended before it could have any operation” (Hutchinson to Board of Trade, 21 Dec. 1770, Mass., Province Laws , 5:143; a list of earlier statutes on limitations of actions is printed at p. 109). The committee was ordered to consider “all the Laws relating to the Limitation of Actions, reduce them to one Bill, and report.” In the absence of earlier draft versions it is impossible to assess the contributions made by the House committee.
MS , engrossed copy, signed by Hutchinson (M-Ar). Printed (Mass., Province Laws , 5:109–111).